Wednesday 31 December 2014

Private Ivan Carman Clendinnen

Born on 1 January 1899 in Newboro, Ontario - son of Reverend George Clendinnen, Kingston, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: trade as student, single, no current military service, previously served with the Army Service Corps, Methodist, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.

Joined the 3rd Section Divisional Ammunition Column in Kingston, Ontario, on 9 April 1917 (number 2043057) - embarked for England onboard the SS Olympic on 24 April 1917 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in France on 11 or 12 July 1917 - wounded on 30 September 1918 (shot to the chest and mustard gassed) - withdrawn to No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station at Baulencourt, then to No. 22 General Hospital at Camiers where he developed pneumonia - invalided to Seaford, England on 12 October 1918 and admitted to No. 16 Canadian General Hospital in Kent - repatriated to Canada onboard the SS Carmania - discharged in Ottawa on 27 January 1919.

Studied medicine at McGill University, in Montreal - entered medical practice as a doctor and surgeon - married Jessie Keith Craig (1908-1985).

Joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as a Captain in 1939 - attached to a field ambulance - promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel - commanded a field dressing station in Sicily and Italy.

Returned to private medical practice as a general surgeon in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1945 - died on 5 September 1955 - buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Biography on Lee Dickson's website,, accessed 31 December 2014)