Lou Verdon, DCM

Nov 19, 1889

Born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England


Nov 2, 1914

Reported to 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario from Ottawa


Nov 3, 1914

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60019 (temporary number 715)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs L Verdon (mother) of 130 Mandeville Road, Enfield, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Rifle Smith”, but later recorded as “Dominion Police Constable”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company


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, England


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 26, 1915

On course at the Trench Warfare School


Mar 5, 1916

Promoted to CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


Mar 27, 1916

Granted leave to April 4, 1916


May 7, 1916

Promoted to position of CSM (Company Sgt Major)


Sep 15, 1916

Wounded by shrapnel to back and arms.  Wounds were later described as follows: 

“wounded in action at the Sugar Refinery Sept 15/16 and was first dressed in the Trench and was taken to a Field Ambulance (unknown), was then taken to CCS near Etaples, then was taken to Gen Hosp at Etaples.  From there was taken to #7 Gen Hosp Boulogne.  Reached Ont Mil Hosp Sept 21/16.  Shrapnel wounds were over centre of right Scapula, large shrapnel wound of right arm just above elbow on Flexor surface.  Small wound inner side right arm 3” below shoulder.  Fracture of right Scapular.  Shrapnel ball lodged behind right clavicle.  Chest wound foul and discharging freely.  Small wound through left arm just above elbow.”  

Five surgeries were subsequently performed 

  1. At Etaples on right arm
  2. At Boulogne on right arm
  3. At Orpington to remove shrapnel ball
  4. At Orpington to reduce hemorrhaging
  5. At Orpington to reduce hemorrhaging


Sep 17, 1916

Admitted to No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne with shrapnel wound to back


Sep 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David

Admitted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkstone


Sep 30, 1916

Transferred to Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington Kent 

Condition reported as “Seriously ill”


Oct 15, 1916

Surgery performed due to hemorrhaging


Oct 24, 1916

Condition reported as “Fair”


Oct 27, 1916

Surgery performed due to hemorrhaging


Nov 11, 1916

Struck off seriously ill list


Jan 1, 1917

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette #29886 with the citation printed February 13, 1917


Feb 7, 1917

TOS CCAC awaiting discharge


Mar 10, 1917

SOS CCAC on transfer to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Mar 12, 1917

SOS EORD on discharge to Canada 

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia at Liverpool

Transcriber’s Note:  The HMHS Letitia was sunk off Halifax on August 1, 1917, not long after Lou Verdon’s voyage home


Mar 23, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 4, 1917

Report by Vocational Counselor 

Ø      Address c/o W. Turner, 380 Cooper St., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Wound to right shoulder noted as still discharging fluid

Ø      Limited movement of shoulders and arms due to wounds

Ø      Disability noted at 80%

Ø      States that he left school at age of 14 years and attained the grade of “7th Standard” in England

Ø      Noted that he desires a Business Course

Ø      Recommended that he be placed in a Convalescent Home

Ø      Transportation supplied to Kingston


Oct 1, 1917

Medical exam in Ottawa notes the following: 

Ø      Partial paralysis in both arms

Ø      Marked weakness in both arms and grip

Ø      While in Convalescent Hospital was, for a time, markedly nervous and depressed

Ø      Still gets nervous under strain

Ø      Classified “E” with no further hospital treatment indicated

Ø      Earning capacity is reduced by 40%.


Oct 2, 1917

Is noted as an Out Patient at Fleming Hospital, Ottawa


Feb 4, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit

Ø      Intended place of residence 390 Cooper St., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Intended trade – Plain Clothes Police


Feb 5, 1918

First payment made on annual pension of $250.00


Oct 14, 1918

Attested into the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60019

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs L Verdon (mother) of 130 Mandeville Road, Enfield, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Dominion Police”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 21st Battalion CEF 3 years, 4 months, discharged because of a shrapnel wound

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Last Will and Testament made leaving entire estate to his mother, Mrs Louisa Verdon of 130 Mandeville Rd, Enfield, London England.


Oct 17, 1918

On Command to MD #3 detachment of the CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps)


Oct 27, 1918

To be Provisional CSM while at the #3 Detachment CMPC


Nov 20, 1918

SOS 3rd Battalion CGR (Canadian Garrison Regiment) on transfer to #3 Detachment CMPC


Jan 6, 1919

Admitted to hospital in Ottawa and operated on for a double hernia


Feb 4, 1919

Discharged and returned to Fleming Hospital to convalesce from surgery


Feb 28, 1919

Discharged from Fleming Hospital and returned to unit


Apr 17, 1919

SOS CMPC on transfer to COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ottawa


Aug 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Discharged on Demobilization

Ø      Proposed address on discharge – PO Box 364 Ottawa Ontario


Sep 14, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to PO Box 364, Ottawa Ontario


May 22, 1974

Deceased at Toronto Ontario

Pine Hills Cemetery
Toronto ON

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