Arthur Frederick Willison
21st Battalion CEF

 

 

Sep 12, 1897

Born at Collingwood Ontario 

The 1901 Census has his birth date as Sept 9, 1897, while the 1911 Census has his birth date as Sept 1898

 

Aug 3, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at the Niagara Camp, at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario 

     Number 141814

     Next of kin given as Mr Charles A Willison (father) of Pine St., Collingwood Ontario

     Previous occupation given as Machinist

     No previous military experience given

     Religion given as Church of England

 

Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian at Montreal

  

Date and port of disembarkation is not readable in the file

 

Nov 4, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Battalion

 

Feb 17, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

Feb 19, 1917

Embarked for France

 

Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken on Strength) the 21st Battalion

 

Mar 11, 1916

Left CBD to join unit

 

Mar 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Billets at La Clytte, having been relieved from the N & O Trenches the night before

 

Jun 20, 1916

Awarded 28 days FP #2 (Field Punishment No 2) for neglect of duty

 

Oct 8, 1916

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred same day to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) – diagnosis NYD (Not Yet Determined)

 

Oct 11, 1916

Transferred via No 14 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever. 

This was a common diagnosis for what we now call Trench Fever

 

Oct 19, 1916

At duty with Battalion from hospital

 

Nov 18, 1916

Admitted to No 1 Convalescent Hospital at Boulogne with ICT (Inter-Connective Tissue) infection to fingers of right hand

 

Nov 19, 1916

Declared “Fit” and discharged to Base Details at Boulogne

 

Nov 22, 1916

Arrived at CBD at Havre and declared “Class A”, which is fit for duty

 

Nov 24, 1916

Left CBD to join the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion

 

Nov 28, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the field

 

Mar 5, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field

 

Apr 9, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal

 

May 9, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal

 

Aug 15, 1917          Killed in Action at Hill 70  

From the 21st Battalion War Diary

Our casualties totaled one officer killed, one died of wounds, twelve wounded, thirty eight other ranks killed, one hundred and ninety six wounded and twenty-three missing.

Because his body was either never found, or never identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Vimy Ridge France

 

Jan 6, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to his father, Charles Willison, Box 1077 Collingwood Ontario

 



Arthur Willison is commemorated on the Cenotaph at Collingwood Ontario
Thank you to John Sargeant for the above photo


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