William James Aris

Thank you to Carol Canon for this research

Jul 12, 1890

Born Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to James and Catharine (nee Green) Aris


Feb 19, 1912

Married to Florence Cardo in Ottawa, Ontario

William noted his occupation as Teamster


Feb 24, 1915

Volunteered for service with the 38th Battalion CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Number 10227

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Florence Aris, wife, 355 Catharine St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous military service given as 3 years with the 43rd DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) in Ottawa

Ø  Assigned to the 2nd Regimental Draft


Jun 25, 1915

Discharged from the 38th Battalion with no reason for the discharge recorded in the file


Feb 4,1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Number 639299

Ø  Next of kin given as wife Florence Aris, wife, 76 Cumberland St., Ottawa, Ontario 

o   There is a note to also notify his Mrs. A. Benoit, sister, 20 Raymond St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

He was appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant shortly after attesting


Mar 8, 1916

Reduced to the rank of Private


Jul 30, 1916

Forfeited 1 days pay for an unspecified offence


Oct 18, 1916        

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia.



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 124th Battalion at Witley, England


Jan 5, 1917        

Transferred back to the 156th Battalion, Witley

Jan 18, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 2 for an unrecorded offence


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 283 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion. 


Jun 11, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Aris joined the 21st Battalion resting in huts in Coupigny, France.  He was assigned to “A” Company and employed as a Stretcher Bearer


Jul 22, 1917

While the battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Fosse 10, Private Aris received a slight wound and after treatment from the Medical Officer, remained at duty


Oct 9, 1917

Private JA Young was accidentally shot and fatally wounded.  As a Stretcher Bearer, Private Aris was called to assist and following Young’s death, was called upon to testify at the hearing into the death.


Mar 6, 1918       

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 21, 1918       

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 5, 1918        

The Medical Officer changed his medical category to B1, meaning that he was not fit for combat duty and he was transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jul 8, 1918

The decision was made to keep him with the 21st Battalion and he was transferred back and assigned to the Water Detail with the battalion


Nov 26, 1918

His medical category was reclassified as “A” by a Medical Board and he was declared fit for full duty


Jan 29, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 13, 1919

While on leave in England, Private Aris was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Etchinghill, Lyminge with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)

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


Mar 10, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

Pay deducted at the rate of 60
¢ per day for the 26 days in hospital as punishment for becoming infected


Mar 26, 1919

Transferred to MD #3 Wing in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Apr 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Apr 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Apr 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 231555

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Ottawa, Ontario

Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 20 Raymond St., Ottawa, Ontario


Oct 12, 1920

William Aris received dental treatment in Kingston, Ontario that was received for his military service


Jan 27, 1957

William James Aris passed away in Ottawa and was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario


Note the spelling error in Florence’s maiden name, it should read Cardo


The Ottawa Journal January 28, 1957


 From the 21st Battalion Communiqué (the 21st Battalion post war newsletter)
August 1957

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