William Howard Andison


Apr 13, 1893

Born in Drummond Township, Lanark County, Ontario to James Armstrong and Harriet (nee Frizell) Andison


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59016 (temporary number 386)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Andison, father, Smiths Falls, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

o       This was later recorded as Furnishings Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained through the winter in the Kingston area with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 16, 1916

After securing the sugar refinery at Courcelette the previous day, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking the Sunken Road beyond the refinery on the 16th.  During heavy fighting there, Private Andison received severe shrapnel wounds to his face, arms, and legs as shown below from his medical file.  He was evacuated first to the field ambulance, then to the casualty clearing station for treatment.





Sep 18, 1916

Transferred to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital

On arrival in England he was admitted to the St. George’s Hospital, London


Oct 22, 1916

Surgery performed on right temple to remove shrapnel and bone fragments


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred to the Wimbledon Hospital


Jan 10, 1917

Transferred to the St. Georges Hospital


Jan 22, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Mar 5, 1917

Discharged to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) and attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for light duties


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained at St. Leonard’s Hospital employed on light duties


Mar 21, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Hastings with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Mar 25, 1917

Surgery performed to remove the Hemorrhoids


May 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until May 31, 1917


May 31, 1917

Joined the Command Depot in Seaford


Jun 7, 1917

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jun 22, 1917

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Liverpool


Jul 8, 1917

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 17, 1917

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston

The admissions report records his shrapnel wounds and notes that there are pieces of bone missing from both his right temple and cheek bone under his right eye as a result of surgery.  It also makes note of a steel plate having been inserted to replace missing cheek bone.


Dec 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge, classes “A” and “B” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Smiths Falls, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 671, Lorne Ave., Trenton, Ontario

He was reported by the 21st Battalion Association to have died in Guelph, Ontario in 1964


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