Pte Skinner enlisted in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment
on Jan. 02 1917. He was discharged June 13 1919.
Family tradition states, John Matthew Skinner stowed-away
on a salt boat from Harbor Breton to St.Johnís to enlist for service in
the First World War.
War Records Timeline
- 1917 Jan. 2: First Newfoundland Regiment Attestation
of John M. Skinner
- 1917 Jan. 2: Extract from Daily Orders 3383 Pte.
J. Skinner attested this day, posted to "E Company and assigned number."
- 1917 July 31: Extract from Nominal Roll of Officers
and men embarked St.Johnís sailed Halifax S.S.Ausonia April 16 1917.
- 1917 Nov.27: Telegraph to Mr. Cornelius Skinner
of Harbor Breton informing of Pte. John M. Skinner admitted to Wandsworth
suffering a gunshot wound in the right shoulder.
- 1917 Dec. 4: Extract of Casualty, 3383 Pte. J.
Skinner wounded Nov.20 1917 in France.
- 1918 Jan. 29: Army Form W.3016 outlining Pte. Skinner
J. has been granted a furlough from 29 Jan to 7 Feb, his address while
on leave will be 58 Victoria St.
- 1918 March 27: Extract of Nominal Roll, 3383 Pte.
J. Skinner embarked Southampton.
- 1918 Oct. 27: Extract from War Office, admitted
32 STY. H. Wimereux with B.W. Hand L.
- 1918 Nov. 3: Extract from Telegram from Synoptical
London, 3383 Pte. J. Skinner 32nd Stationary Hospital Wimereux
Oct 31st seriously ill Gun Shot Wound, Hand & Influenza.
- 1918 Nov. 3: Urgent Postal Telegram to Officer
i/c Records Newfoundland Contingent stating Pte. J. Skinner is seriously
ill Bullet Wound hand & influenza.
- 1918 Nov. 4: Telegraph to Mr. Cornelius Skinner
of Harbor Breton informing of Pte. John Skinner at 32 Stationary Hospital
Wimereux Oct.31st seriously ill G.S.W. hand and influenza.
- 1918 Nov. 6: Extract from Casualties, 3383 Pte.
J. Skinner, 32nd Stationary Hospital Wimereux, dangerously
ill of Influenza.
- 1918 Nov. 6th: "Extract from Telegram
from synoptical London. 32nd Stationary Hos. Wimereux Nov.1st
dangerously ill influenza 3383 Skinner."
- 1918 Nov. 7: Medical Progress Report Ė BW. Hand
- 1918 Nov. 7: letter from Minister of Militia to
Cornelius Skinner stating "your son, No. 3383, Private John M. Skinner
was admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital Wimereux Nov.1st
dangerously ill suffering from influenza."
- 1918 Nov.7: Extract from Synoptical London, removed
from seriously ill list November 3rd, 3383 Skinner.
- 1918 Nov.7: Extract from casualties received from
Pay & Record Office "O.C., 32nd Stationary Hospital,
Wimereux, Reports: 3-11-18. No longer seriously ill. 3383 Pte. J.
- 1918 Nov. 8: Medical Progress Report Ė BW. and
- 1918 Nov. 8: letter from Minister of Militia to
Cornelius Skinner stating your son, No. 3383, Private John M. Skinner
removed from seriously ill list Nov.3rd."
- 1918 Nov.9: "Extract from Telegram from synoptical
3383 Skinner removed from seriously ill list Nov.3rd."
- 1918 Nov. 9: Extract from Nominal Roll of Sick
and Wounded from France admitted to hospital, 3383 Pte. J. Skinner.
- 1918 Nov. 11: Extract from Telegram from Synoptical
London, at Wandsworth, 3383 Skinner.
- 1918 Nov. 13: letter from Minister of Militia to
Cornelius Skinner stating "your son, No. 3383, Private John M. Skinner
is now at 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth."
- 1918 Dec. 20: Extract of casualties, 3383 Pte.
J. Skinner was granted Xmas leave from 3rd London General
Hospital from 20/12/1918 to 31/12/1918.
- 1919 Jan. 01: Medical Report completed at "Hazeley
Down Camp". Report states Pte. J. Skinner was wounded in France in
Nov. 11 1917 with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) back, second report states
"wounded in France Nov.20 1917 GSW back. Wound now healed. Second
wound Oct.25 1918, GSW right hand. Present condition is stated " small
scar in back. Painful on pressure. No disability. 2nd wound
, scar at base of ring finger right hand palmar surface Dorsal surface
between ring of middle finger. Point of exit bullet. Complains of
numbness in ring finger right hand. He is recommended for "Repatriation".
- 1919 Jan. 01: Extract of Orders by Lt. Col. B.J.
Barton, D.S.O., Commanding 2nd Battalion Royal Newfoundland
Regiment, 3383 Pte. J. Skinner has reported back from the 1st
Battalion is taken on the strength and posted to "H" Company from
1919 Jan. 17.
- 1919 Jan. 08: Extract from Casualties from Payroll
& Records Office, 3383 Pte. J. Skinner was discharged from 3rd
London General Hospital and granted furlough to 1919 Jan. 17. Marked
fit for duty.
- 1919 March 27: Army Form W.3119. Stating 3383 Pte.
John Skinner 2nd Newfoundland Regt. "H" Co. was admitted
to this Hospital on 1919 March 25 from Mil. HP. Hazeley Down. Stamped
"Orderly Room Crown Hill, Devon. Mily. Conv. Hosp. 27 Mar. 1919".
- 1919 April 8: Skinner is reported by the O.C. Magdalen
Camp Hospital, Winchester, seriously ill of Pneumonia.
- 1919 April 8: Extract from Synoptical to MIL, Magdalen
Camp Military Hospital, Winchester, seriously ill Pneumonia, 3383
- 1919 April 10: Form typed letter from Minister
of Militia to Mr. C. Skinner, 18 Colonial St., stating No.3383 Pte.
John M. Skinner was admitted to Magdalen Camp Military Hospital, Winchester
seriously ill suffering from Pneumonia.
- 1919 April 24: Post Office Telegraph stating Skinner
- 1919 April 25: "Extract from Telegram from Synoptical,
London "in answer to your telegram April 22nd., 3383 Skinner
- 1919 April 28: letter from "GGB", Captain, Military
Secretary, replying to Mrs. C. Skinnerís enquiries as to the condition
of her son is now much improved.
- 1919 April 29: "To be Discharged Tomorrow" form
from Magdalen Camp Hospital Winchester.
- 1919 June 13: "The Royal Nfld. Regiment Demobilization,
3383 Skinner warned for demobilization.
- 1919 June 13: Demobilization Form 3. Enlistment
date is 2-1-17, discharge approved for 13-6-19.
- 1919 June 13: Civil Re-establishment Committee
- 1919 June 18: Extract from Daily Orders. 3383 Pte.
J. Skinner on "Corsican" which sailed from Liverpool 1919 May 22.
- 1919 June 29: Form stating discharge approved on
demobilization, his address was 18 Colonial St.
- 1919 June 29: Demobilization Form 2. Proceedings
- 1919 June 29: Extract from Daily Orders. The discharge
of 3383 Pte. J. Skinner on demobilization has been confirmed.
- 1919 June 29: Typed note stating, please find enclosed
Discharge Certificate No.2524
- 1919 June 29: "Descriptive Report On Enlistment".
Form states Pte. John Skinner joined in St.Johnís on January 2nd
1917 and was discharged June 29 1919. Duration of service: 2 years
179 days. Embarked St.Johnís S.S.Florizel to Windsor N.S. 1917 Jan.
31. Embarked for BGR. 1917 Oct.20. Joined Battalion in France 1917
Nov. 14. Wounded 1917 Nov. 20. Admitted 89th gun shot wound
shoulder 1917 Nov. 21. Invalids to England 1917 Nov. 23 and admitted
3rd London General Wandsworth 1917 Nov. 24. Furlough then
join with Battalion 1918 Feb. 7. Embarked for BRG. 1918 March 27.
Joined Battalion in the field 1918 Aug. 4. Admitted for gun shot wound
hand 1918 Oct. 26. Transferred to England 1918 Nov. 9. Admitted 3rd
London General Wandsworth from 1918 Dec. 20 to 1918 Dec. 31.
- Winchester 1919 Jan. 17 reported by the O.C. Magdalen
Camp Hospital Winchester seriously ill of influenza 1919 April 6.
To Newfoundland for demobilization 1919 May 22. Arrived Newfoundland
1919 June 1.