William Richard Abbott


Oct 13, 1880

Born in Surrey, England


Jan 10, 1916

Attested into the 98th Battalion CEF in St. Catharines, Ontario 

Ø      Number 210065

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss EM Abbott, sister, 36 Baskerville Road, Wandsworth, SW London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 6 years in the 36th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained in the Niagara-Welland area in addition to doing guard duty on the Welland Canal


Jul 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Otterpool to continue training


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived that the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 132 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 31, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Caestre, France


Dec 4, 1916

After completing the Trench Mortar Course, he rejoined the battalion


Dec 25, 1916

Following the trench mortar course, he proceeded on the Machine Gun Course, and rejoined the battalion on Christmas Day


Dec 27, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Trench Mortar Group for duty


Jan 15, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia in both legs 

Ceased to be attached to the Trench Mortar Group on being admitted to hospital


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia


Jan 27, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Formosa

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Southwark Military Hospital, East Dulwich Grove, London.  The diagnosis was changed on admission to read Trench Fever

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley to continue his recovery


May 1, 1917

Transferred to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Seaford and admitted to the St. Leonard’s Convalescent Hospital


Jun 11, 1917

Discharged to duty with the EORD in Seaford


Jul 4, 1917

Proceeded to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada for discharge


Jul 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool


Aug 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was TOS the #2 Special Service Company


Aug 28, 1917

Admitted to the Base Hospital in Toronto, Ontario with a diagnosis that reads Pleurisy and Rheumatism


Oct 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Nov 17, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 22169

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C2855

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


Sep 13, 1950

Died in the Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario and buried in the Prospect Cemetery there.


Nov 17, 1950

Noted that his medals were “returned to stock”



Above is from the book St. Mark’s Memorials to the Great War 
Published by the St. Mark’s Church Archives Niagara-on-the-Lake

Below are the plaques in St. Mark’s Church to honour their war heroes.  Both items were contributed by Peter Gower.  Thank you Peter. 



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