Francis Chervon "Chevron" Van Luven

Feb 21, 1885

 At some point following his birth, he was adopted by Michael and Emma Isabella (nee Empey) Van Luven, Murvale, Ontario


Jun 28, 1906

Shown on the 47th Frontenac Regiment’s payroll with the rank of Private in No. 5 Company


Jul 2, 1913

Married to Margaret Ethel Swerbrick in Portland Township, Ontario


Feb 28, 1917

Attested into the 2nd Battalion CEF Reinforcing Draft in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 2235345

Ø  Next of kin given as Margaret Ethel Van Luven, Harrowsmith, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as United States Navy and the 47th Frontenac Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

It appears that he held the rank of Captain at the time he left the Frontenac Regiment

On enlisting he stated he had a 2 year old son, Harold Van Luven


Shown here as a member of the US Navy



Mar 26, 1917

The 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Van Luven joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 21, 1917

Private Van Luven joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois, France


Oct 13, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1 for being absent from parade.  The battalion was resting in the Suburban Camp near Villers au Bois, France and the parade was formed to send men out on a work party.


Nov 3, 1917

During the night of November 2-3, the 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front and immediately came under attack and suffered severe casualties.  They were relieved 4 days later, only to return to the fighting on November 8th.


Mar 16, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 4, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 8, 1918

As part of the Amiens offensive, the 21st Battalion attacked the town of Marcelcave, France and pushed the occupying German forces out of town.  It was during the heavy resistance by the German defenders that the Commanding Officer, L/Col Jones, DSO was killed in action.  This was described by the German high command as a black day in German history and marked the beginning of the final 100 days of the war.


Oct 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave and joined in the pursuit to Mons, Belgium


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 2nd Canadian Division across the Bonn Bridge and entered Germany as part of the occupying force.  Once in Germany, the battalion proceeded to billets in Seigburg to keep the peace.


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England Private Van Luven was posted to “P” Wing in Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 26, 1919

Attached to “O” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada

During this period of time, there were a number of riots in the Witley Camp but it does not appear that Private Van Luven was involved in any serious way with them


Jun 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Saturnia in Glasgow, Scotland



Jun 28, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec


Jun 30, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 293327

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Harrowsmith, Ontario

The British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Harrowsmith, Ontario in January of 1926

He was later reported to be living in Lindsay, Ontario and attended the 21st Battalion’s September 1960 reunion in Peterborough




Mar 11, 1961

Francis Chervon Van Luven died while a patient at the Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and was later buried in the Yarker, Ontario Cemetery



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