James Ross Washburn

Aug 20, 1884

Born in Colborne, Ontario to Jonas and Harriot (nee Puffer) Washburn


Mar 30, 1908

Married to Gertrude May “Gertie” Seymour in Peterborough, Ontario


Feb 1, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Picton, Ontario

Ø  Number 636510

Ø  Next of kin given as Gertrude Washburn, wife, Glen Alda, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer in a Saw Mill

o   Later notes as Lumberman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Mar 13, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Jun 13, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 6, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the Connaught Hospital in Aldershot

Transferred to the 154th Battalion while in hospital


Dec 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 24, 1917

Attached to the CMB (Canadian Mechanized Brigade) for duty in Witley


Jan 30, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 154th Battalion


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jun 5, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 23, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Jun 26, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Washburn joined the 21st Battalion resting in Coupigny, France


Sep 1, 1917

His next of kin is noted as Violet Washburn, daughter, as his wife had left him for another man.  His pay assignment was changed to Mrs. A. Post, Glen Alda, Ontario as the guardian of his 4 children


Feb 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 25, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion near Mericourt, France from leave


Apr 16, 1918

While the 21st Battalion was occupying the support trench at Mercatel, France, Private Washburn received shrapnel wounds to his face, left arm and legs, as well as being slightly gassed.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the nearby CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel and 1½  inches of the Fibula bone from his left leg was also removed.


X-Ray shows the missing section of bone



Apr 18, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 General Hospital in Rouen, France


Apr 26, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 20, 1918

Transferred to the Miliary Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 25, 1918

Transferred to the Manor County of London Hospital in Epsom


Jul 13, 1918

Transferred to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital in Orpington where slight deafness in left ear is noted in addition to his wounds


Aug 7, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Buxton.  Notes on admission

Ø  Left foot is swollen and cannot bear any weight on it

Ø  Foot is blue in colour


Oct 1, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale, Liverpool


Oct 30, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Neuralia



Nov 10, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 13, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston, Ontario


Nov 14, 1918

Granted leave until November 28, 1918


Nov 29, 1918

Granted leave until December 2, 1918


Dec 23, 1918

Granted leave until December 30, 1918


Jan 14, 1919

Medical Exam in Kingston notes

Ø  Man suffers from DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart) and heart beat is irregular

Ø  Was slightly gassed at the front

Ø  Shrapnel wound to left leg causes partial loss of function

Ø  Left ankle is weak and there is some loss of feeling in left foot

Ø  Noted that he would not be able to resume his former occupation due to wounds and heart condition

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from service with a pensionable disability


Jan 20, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 26, 1919

Transferred to the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Jan 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Discharged with a pensionable disability

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Highland Grove, Ontario



Aug 4, 1962

James Ross Washburn died in Trenton, Ontario and was buried in the Woods Cemetery, Colborne, Ontario



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