Frank Creeggan signature

Bank clerk Frank George Creeggan signed up in Camp Petawawa on this day in 1918. Creeggan was born in Lyndhurst, Ontario on August 10th, 1899, the son of Alfred Henry Creeggan and Mary (née Sheffield). His father had enlisted in November 1915. Frank was a former student of Deseronto High School.

Frank joined the 75th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery with the regimental number 346073. He was described as five feet eight inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His service record shows that he joined the 2nd Canadian Artillery Tank Battalion and arrived in England on October 18th, 1918 on the HMTS Victoria. He was immediately admitted to hospital in Bristol, suffering from influenza. He remained in hospital until November 29th.

In December 1919 he was attached to the unit’s 3rd Wing in Kinmel Park Camp, Rhyl and was appointed acting Lance Corporal in January. This camp was the scene of a riot by Canadian troops on March 4th and 5th 1919, in protest at delays in being sent home to Canada. Creeggan left the camp later that month and left England on July 1st.

Creeggan was demobilized on July 11th, 1919 in Ottawa. In the 1921 census he is listed as living in Battleford, Saskatchewan, still working as a bank clerk.

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