Alfred William Woodrow, MSM


May 13, 1884

Born at Quebec City, Quebec


Jan 14, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 60099 (temporary number 1216)

Ø     Next of kin given as Mary Woodrow (mother) of 157 Montreal St, Kingston Ontario

Ø     Previous occupation given as Tailor

Ø     Previous military experience given as 12 years 14th PWOR

Ø     Religion given as Church of England

Ø     Assigned to the Depot Company


Feb 2, 1915

Appointed to rank of Sergeant – Tailor


Apr 1, 1915

Granted extra duty pay as Master Tailor


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sgt with duty pay as Sgt Tailor


Sep 14, 1915

Although the Battalion embarked on this date for France, there is no indication that Sgt Woodrow sailed with the Battalion.  The assumption is that he remained at West Sandling Camp for some reason.


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

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


Feb 15, 1916

Left CIBD to join unit


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the N & O Trenches near La Clytte Belgium


Jul 31, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 15, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Entitled to working pay of 50 cents per day as Tailor


Feb 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 8, 1918

At duty from leave


Jan 17, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 18, 1919

Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as per the London Gazette #31132



Feb 10, 1919

At duty from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Troopship Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked at Folkestone England and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 18, 1919

Medical Board at Witley makes note of poor vision which was claimed to exist prior to enlistment.  Noted to be Myopia and Amblyopia


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario on Demobilization 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277576

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – 194 Rideau St, Kingston Ontario


May 27, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario confirms defective vision and notes: 

Ø     Myopia and Amblyopia were not caused by, nor aggravated by military service

Ø     Condition is deemed to be permanent


Sep 15, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 4 Jenkins St, Kingston Ontario


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