William Campbell, MM



Feb 15, 1898

Born at Maxville Ontario


Dec 1, 1915

Attested into the 154th Battalion at Alexandria Ontario 

Ø      Number 633222

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs DC Campbell (mother) of Wadena Saskatchewan

o       There is a note in the file to also notify JT Hope MD, (uncle) at Alexandria Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

On Attestation he stated that his birth year was 1897 as he would have been too young to enlist if he stated his correct age


Jul 1, 1916

Promoted to provisional rank of Corporal


Oct 1, 1916

Promoted to provisional rank of Sgt


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia


Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jan 5, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte in order to proceed to France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1917

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


Feb 14, 1917

Left CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 19, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the Thelus Sub Sector in the Support Trenches


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack at Vimy Ridge, was reported to be Missing In Action 

It was later discovered he had been admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Shrapnel wounds to his face


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 14, 1917

Transferred to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux


Jun 1, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Hospital at Boulogne


Jun 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital and sent to No 3 Large Rest Camp


Jun 4, 1917

TOS No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and posted to “A” Company for soldiers rehabilitating from wounds


Jun 7, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Jun 12, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


In July 1917, the 21st Battalion was headquartered in a convent in the town of
Bouvigny, France while the men rehearsed for the attack on Hill 70.
Next to that convent was a church and a number of men climbed into the
bell tower and carved their names on the walls there.  Below is Private Campbell’s
name as he carved it.  Thank you to Patrice Machin for sharing that image

Aug 28, 1917

Proceeded on Course (course type nor location were recorded in the file)


Sep 8, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course


Dec 1, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 12, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 27, 1917

At duty from leave


Apr 1, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl with pay to replace A/L/Cpl Honey 805232 who had been promoted


Jun 5, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl Honey 805232 who had been promoted


Aug 30, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt Honey 805232 who had been promoted


Sep 4, 1918 

The announcement of him being awarded the Military Medal was made in the Battalion’s War Diary



Oct 11, 1918

Wounded in left hand by shrapnel and admitted to No 9 CFA 

Transferred same day to the CCS


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to No 18 General Hospital


Oct 16, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Edmonton Middlesex


Nov 21, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Dec 2, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Witley


Jan 3, 1919

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 19, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania at Liverpool England


TOS MD#4 (Military District at Montreal Quebec) and posted to the Casualty Company


Jan 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142



Jan 27, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 10, 1919


Feb 13, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Sgt

Ø      Intended residence on discharge 364 Northcliffe Ave, NDG (Notre Dame de Grace) Quebec


Jan 21, 1922

Address changed to read 25 Emily St, Winnipeg Manitoba


Feb 26, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 364 Northcliffe Ave, Notre Dame de Grace Quebec

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