Strahan, Harry Manford: Service no. 2448508


Digitized Service Record

Source: 18th Battalion Facebook Group via comment from Daniel Flora.

American Citizen

Death Notice

Harry Manford Strahan. 21 years, 1837 Montcalm, pulmonary tuberculosis.

The Indianapolis News. June 28, 1920. Page 12.

Summary of Service for Private Harry Strahan reg. no. 2448508

Date Event Remarks
December 5, 1898 Born Born at Champaign, Illinois.
August 31, 1917 Enlists Enlists at Windsor, Ontario with the 1st Depot Battalion, Western Ontario Regiment. He is a labourer residing at 204 21st Street, Detroit, Michigan. He is an American citizen and it is curious why he joined the C.E.F. when the American Armed Forces was fully engaged in the war against Germany at this time.


His next-of-kin is listed as his father, Thomas Strahan, residing at 303 Avondale Avenue, Champaign, Illinois.


He has no prior military experience and stands 5’ 6” tall with perfect, 20/20 vision.

September 5, 1917 Vaccinated and Anti-Typhoid Injections
September 7, 1917 Completes form Particulars of Family of an Officer or Man Enlisted in C.E.F. Indicates he has no children and that his father is Thomas Strahan and his mother is Mary Strahan, both residing at 303 Avondale Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. He is insured with Prudential.
September 11, 1917 Anti-Typhoid Injections
September 24, 1917 Anti-Typhoid Injections
December 18, 1917 Embarks for England Embarks from St. John’s, New Brunswick on H.M.T. Messanabie.
December 31, 1918 Disembarks at Glasgow, Scotland
December 31, 1918 Taken on Strength Taken on strength with the 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott, England.
April 7, 1918 Proceeds Overseas Proceeds overseas to join the 18th Battalion.
April 8, 1918 Arrives 2nd Canadian Infantry Base Depot Arrives 2nd C.I.B.D. at Etaples, France
April 10, 1918 Transferred to Canadian Corp Reinforcement Camp Transfers to C.C.R.C. at Etaples, France.
August 1, 1918 Sentenced under F.G.C.M to 2 days Field Punishment No. 1 Absent without leave for 4.75 hours on July 27, 1918.
August 13, 1918 Arrives 18th Battalion. The Battalion is in Brigade Support at Fourquescourt Corner.
August 27, 1918 Wounded Wounded in heavy fighting at Telegraph Hill, Rake Trench. On this day 10 men of the 18th Battalion were killed and Private Strahan was one of the 150 men wounded.
August 28, 1918 Transferred to Hospital Train Transferred to 29 Ambulance Train.
August 29, 1918 Admitted Hospital Admitted 4th General Hospital.
August 30, 1918 Transferred to England Princess Elizabeth Hospital.
January 1918 Assigns Pay Assigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. Mary Strahan.
January 10, 1918 Admitted Hospital, Aldershot, England N.Y.D. – Not yet determined.
January 16, 1918 Discharged N.Y.D. Appears to be pityriasis rosea.
September 4, 1918 Admitted 12 Stationary Hospital
September 9, 1918 Taken on Strength Taken on Strength from the 18th Battalion to the Western Ontario Regimental Depot.
December 13, 1918 Admitted Hospital Admitted to Aldershot Military Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left arm.
January 10, 1919 Discharged Discharged from hospital and transfers to Western Ontario Regiment Depot at Bramshott, England.
February 5, 1919 Struck of Strength Struck off strength from the W.O.R.D. to the Casualty Clearing Center, Military District No. 1 (London, Ontario).
February 19, 1919 Stuck of Strength to Canada Embarked S.S. Scotian at Liverpool, England for Canada.
March 19, 1919 Medical Exam for Discharge Lists his sister, Clara Strahan, as his next of kin. She is living at 138 18th Street, Detroit, Michigan.
March 22, 1919 Discharged from Service Discharged from military service at London, Ontario. Discharged at medically unfit due to a G.S.W. to the left arm.
June 15, 1920 Deceased Dies from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and is commemorated at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and page 554 of the Book of Remembrance. He is buried at  Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum  Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA.