Strahan, Harry Manford: Service no. 2448508


Digitized Service Record

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


American Citizen

Grave of Private Harry Manford Strahan. Source: With permission from an 18th Battalion Facebook Member. November 11, 2021.

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

December 5, 1898BornBorn at Champaign, Illinois.
August 31, 1917EnlistsEnlists 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, 1917Vaccinated and Anti-Typhoid Injections 
September 7, 1917Completes 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, 1917Anti-Typhoid Injections 
September 24, 1917Anti-Typhoid Injections 
December 18, 1917Embarks for EnglandEmbarks from St. John’s, New Brunswick on H.M.T. Messanabie.
December 31, 1918Disembarks at Glasgow, Scotland 
December 31, 1918Taken on StrengthTaken on strength with the 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott, England.
April 7, 1918Proceeds OverseasProceeds overseas to join the 18th Battalion.
April 8, 1918Arrives 2nd Canadian Infantry Base DepotArrives 2nd C.I.B.D. at Etaples, France
April 10, 1918Transferred to Canadian Corp Reinforcement CampTransfers to C.C.R.C. at Etaples, France.
August 1, 1918Sentenced under F.G.C.M to 2 days Field Punishment No. 1Absent without leave for 4.75 hours on July 27, 1918.
August 13, 1918Arrives 18th Battalion.The Battalion is in Brigade Support at Fourquescourt Corner.
August 27, 1918WoundedWounded 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, 1918Transferred to Hospital TrainTransferred to 29 Ambulance Train.
August 29, 1918Admitted HospitalAdmitted 4th General Hospital.
August 30, 1918Transferred to EnglandPrincess Elizabeth Hospital.
January 1918Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. Mary Strahan.
January 10, 1918Admitted Hospital, Aldershot, EnglandN.Y.D. – Not yet determined.
January 16, 1918DischargedN.Y.D. Appears to be pityriasis rosea.
September 4, 1918Admitted 12 Stationary Hospital 
September 9, 1918Taken on StrengthTaken on Strength from the 18th Battalion to the Western Ontario Regimental Depot.
December 13, 1918Admitted HospitalAdmitted to Aldershot Military Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left arm.
January 10, 1919DischargedDischarged from hospital and transfers to Western Ontario Regiment Depot at Bramshott, England.
February 5, 1919Struck of StrengthStruck off strength from the W.O.R.D. to the Casualty Clearing Center, Military District No. 1 (London, Ontario).
February 19, 1919Stuck of Strength to CanadaEmbarked S.S. Scotian at Liverpool, England for Canada.
March 19, 1919Medical Exam for DischargeLists his sister, Clara Strahan, as his next of kin. She is living at 138 18th Street, Detroit, Michigan.
March 22, 1919Discharged from ServiceDischarged from military service at London, Ontario. Discharged at medically unfit due to a G.S.W. to the left arm.
June 15, 1920DeceasedDies 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.

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