Henry Allen Tyrrell


Jan 18, 1886

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Levi and Helen Ellen (nee Larue) Tyrrell


Jan 21, 1907

Married to Johanna (Josie) Geryse in Cornwall, Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60013 (temporary number 129)

Ø  Next of kin given as Josie Mary Tyrrell, wife, 52 George St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   A newspaper account lists his previous employment as being a driver for Joseph Morrison, an ice dealer in Brockville

o   Later noted as Railroad Man

Ø  Previous military service given as 1 year in the 59th Stormont and Glengarry Regiment and 2 years in the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to No. 2 Platoon, “A” Company,

The battalion carried out training in Kingston throughout the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Feb 11, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Feb 20, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Apr 3, 1916

While in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium, Private Tyrrell was struck by a piece of lumber that was blown up by an enemy shell.  His right elbow was dislocated.  He was treated by the Medical Officer and remained with the battalion.


Jun 6, 1916

While the 21st Battalion was resting in billets in the town of Dikkebus, Belgium, Private Tyrrell was sent out on a work party and received shrapnel wounds that fractured his left elbow, and penetrated his right shoulder and face.  He was able to walk back to the aid station for first aid before being transported to the field ambulance in Poperinge.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 7, 1916

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Jun 15, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 5 Northern General Hospital in Leicester

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushy Park, Hampton Hill


Jul 7, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


Jul 25, 1916

Medical Board recommends 8 weeks of Light Duties in the depot


Aug 1, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and Taken On Strength the CCAC Administrative Staff in Folkestone


Mar 4, 1917

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings


Mar 22, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the GDD and re-attached to the Administrative Staff in Folkestone


Mar 28, 1917

Taken On Strength the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot


Apr 3, 1917

Attached to the Garrison Duty Depot in Seaford


May 7, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for duty at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jul 12, 1917

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot


Sep 4, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Military Police in Seaford


Sep 10, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Garrison Depot Company in Hastings


May 29, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the Military Police and joined the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Aug 6, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads pain form his previous fracture and dislocation of right arm and elbow.  Scabies and Pleurisy are also noted.  On admission he stated that he fell off a bicycle  and banged his elbow 2 weeks earlier and has been suffering with pain since.

Movement of his right arm is limited and pieces of bone can be felt under the skin


Aug 10, 1918

X-ray shows a number of loose bone fragments present


Sep 9, 1918

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery and physical training


Oct 28, 1918

Ceased to be a patient in the St. Leonard’s Hospital and now attached to the hospital for duty


Nov 27, 1918

Attached to the EORD Depot Company in Witley


Dec 10, 1918

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton, pending return to Canada


Dec 23, 1918

Embarked the Troopship Tunisian in Liverpool, England



Jan 4, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 5, 1919

Taken On Strength the No. 3 District Casualty Company in Kingston and granted leave until January 19, 1919


Jan 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 52 George St., Brockville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 52 George St., Brockville, Ontario

Jun 9, 1921

The Canadian Census shows him living in Cornwall, Ontario with his wife and 3 children. 

In 1936 the Communiqué reports that he was employed in the Cornwall Post Office.


Dec 22, 1945

Henry Allan Tyrrell died a Heart Attack while a patient in the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Cornwall, Ontario


On his way home from the 21st Battalion’s annual reunion in 1933, Henry Tyrrell and his wife were involved in a serious car accident that was reported in the January 1934 edition of the 21st Battalion Association Newsletter,
The Communiqu


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