George Wathen, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 19, 1894

Born at Eastbourne, Sussex England


Jun 4, 1915

Joined the 44th Regiment, number 619, and assigned to the Welland Canal Force


Jul 5, 1915

Shown as being transferred to the 76th Battalion


Jul 6, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 76th Battalion


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Welland Ontario 

Ø      Number 141802

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Wellington Clark, aunt, of Fonthill Ontario

o       He also had a pay assignment to his mother Mrs E Wathen, at 1 Kilda St, Eastbourne England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Baptist


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 27, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 21st Battalion


Jul 30, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at the Micmac Camp carrying out training exercises and was assigned to “B” Company


Sep 29, 1916

Received shrapnel wounds to his left thigh and admitted to the CFA, then transferred to the CCS for treatment


Oct 1, 1916

Transferred to the No 6 General Hospital at Rouen


Oct 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc



Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Oct 4, 1916

Admitted to the No 2 Southern General Hospital at Bristol


Nov 11, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital


Nov 23, 1916

On Command to the CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Shoreham for 6 weeks of Physical Training


Jan 22, 1917

Forfeits 11 days pay and allowances for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 13, 1917

Posted to the 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion at the East Sandling Camp


Mar 2, 1917

The 6th Reserve Battalion moved to the Seaford Camp


Mar 3, 1917

Reported to be AWL


Mar 5, 1917

Reported for duty from being AWL 

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeits 13 days pay and allowances


Apr 21, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 12, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at the Coupigny Huts


Nov 23, 1917

Admitted to the No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment of a contusion to the right arm


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to the No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for additional treatment


Nov 27, 1917

Transferred via No 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No 56 General Hospital at Etaples


Dec 5, 1917

Transferred to the No 6 Convalescent Hospital at Etaples and Arthritis of the knees was added to the diagnosis


Dec 9, 1917

Transferred to the No 15 Convalescent Hospital at Trouville


Jan 12, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot to Base Details


Jan 14, 1918

TOS No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from illness and wounds


Feb 4, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Feb 16, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support near Chaudiere Wood


Feb 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 6, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Aug 27, 1918

Received a shrapnel wound to the left hand and admitted to No 8 CFA and transferred the same day to the CCS for treatment


From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Aug 29, 1918

Admitted to the No 20 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Sep 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Sep 5, 1918

Admitted to the County of Middlesex War Hospital at St Albans


Sep 26, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 8, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Jan 4, 1919

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Liverpool


Posted to MD #2 at Toronto Ontario


Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto 

Posted to the Casualty Company at the Exhibition Camp


Jan 17, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 31, 1919


Feb 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Fonthill Ontario


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173

Although not mentioned in the file, this was most likely awarded for actions on August 27, 1918 when he was wounded the last time.


Aug 29, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 39 New Building St, Moortop Ackworth, Yorkshire, England 

Return to Tribute list