Harry Wheeldon


Feb 17, 1888

Born at Halifax Yorkshire England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60050 (Temporary number 365)

Ø      Next of kin given as Esther Wheeldon (wife) of Halifax Yorkshire England

o       Later changed to read No 1 Lion Hill, Liddall, near Halifax Yorkshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Flour Miller

Ø      No previous military experience

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jun 23, 1915

Admitted to the Tent Hospital at St Martins Plain, Shorncliffe with a diagnosis of Gonorrhea


Jun 28, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 20, 1915

Awarded 14 days Field Punishment No 2 for falling out of line of march


Feb 10, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 23, 1916

At duty from leave of absence


Sep 15, 1916

Received shrapnel wounds to his back and left shoulder during the fighting at the Sugar Refinery on the Somme near Courcelette 

He would have been taken to the Battalion Aid Station for first aid, then transferred to the Field Ambulance behind the lines for further assessment. 

He was then transferred the same day to hospital at Etaples


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


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


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Southern General Hospital at Oxford


Sep 25, 1916

Surgery performed to remove pieces of shrapnel


Oct 25, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Dec 19, 1916

Discharged from hospital to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for light duties


Dec 24, 1916

On Command to No 3 Casualty Company at the CGDD  (Canadian Garrison Duty Depot) Hastings


Feb 26, 1917

Attached to the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) at Westenhanger for light duties


Mar 10, 1917

On Command to CAMC at Hastings


Mar 17, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Apr 4, 1917

Ceased to be On Command to the CAMC and returned to No 3 Casualty Company at Hastings


Apr 10, 1917

Ceases to be On Command CGDD


Apr 26, 1917

On Command to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 6, 1917

Ceased to be On Command to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Aug 20, 1917

On Command to the YMCA at Seaford


Nov 6, 1918

Ceased to be On Command to the YMCA and detailed to the Depot Company EORD, Seaford 

It would appear that the authorities were having difficulty finding suitable light duty employment for him until he settled into the YMCA.  He was most likely employed there catering to soldier’s needs, serving coffee, donuts etc, as well as supplying soldiers with writing material to write home with


Mar 27, 1919

Medical Board at Witley notes the following: 

Ø      Suffers from Hyperopia (farsightedness)

o       Condition existed prior to enlistment

Ø      Shrapnel wounds have healed with no disability

Ø      Board recommends that he be discharged as Medically Unfit


Apr 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at No 2 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) London England 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 1 Lion Hill Liddall near Halifax Yorkshire 

Some time after his discharge, most likely in 1921, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the address above 

Harry Wheeldon died in Halifax Yorkshire in 1968 and his cremated remains were scattered near the Halifax Crematorium 

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