Arthur Albert Trappitt, MM



Jun 12, 1891

Born at London England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59995 (temporary number 921)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth A Trappitt (mother) of 18 Mildmay Road, Mildmay Park, London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

o       Later noted as Decorator

Ø      Previous military experience given as 56th Lisgar Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       Later reorganized into “D” Company


Feb 1, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl


Mar 6, 1915

Married and next of kin changed to read Mrs Dorothy Trappitt of 63 Bagot St Kingston, then changed to read 39 Cobourg St, Ottawa Ontario 

Some time after the Battalion moved to England she changed her address to read 4 Addington Rd, West Croydon, Surrey, England


Apr 16, 1915

Promoted to provisional rank of Corporal


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Cpl


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jan 12, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt LM Martin, 59641, who was transferred to the No 3 Tunneling Company


Feb 9, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 21, 1916

At duty from leave


Mar 5, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt L Verdon, 60019, who was promoted to CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sgt)


Dec 9, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29854


This was for his actions during the fighting at Courcellette Sept 15, 1916, when all of the “D” Company Officers and the CSM were casualties, and Sgt Trappitt assumed Command.


Jul 25, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 9, 1917

At duty from leave


Dec 23, 1917

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion as an exchange instructor


Feb 22, 1918

Promoted to rank of CQMS


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France


Apr 14, 1918

Left CIBD for CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Apr 16, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


May 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jun 22, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Trench Fever


Jun 25, 1918

Transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Centre) then transferred same day to No 6 Stationary Hospital


Jun 27, 1918

Transferred to No 12 USA General Hospital at Rouen


Jun 30, 1918

Transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen


Jul 22, 1918

Discharged from hospital to Base Depot 

Severely reprimanded for “Irregular Conduct by interfering with the Depot Police when in the execution of duty”


Jul 27, 1918

Arrived at CIBD and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and needing conditioning


Aug 5, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Aug 20, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 3, 1919

Posted to the Canadian Records List


Apr 4, 1919

For records purposes, posted to “P” Wing at Witley, but remained at Havre France


Apr 9, 1919

Proceeded to England


Apr 24, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 7, 1919

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD and attached to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) MD #3 at Buxton


Aug 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland at Liverpool



Aug 9, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Aug 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 255310

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 339 Somerset St E, Ottawa Ontario


Aug 31, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to 339 Somerset St E, Ottawa Ontario


Jun 30, 1966

Deceased at National Defence Medical Centre, Ottawa Ontario



Post war, Arthur Trappitt served as the first President of the Ottawa Club of the 21st Battalion Association.  In the National Association, he also served as a 1st Vice President and in 1964 was elected President.

Below from the August 1966 issue of The Communiqué

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