William Thomas Carl

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 2, 1899

Born in Plum Hollow, Ontario to Nathaniel Alonzo and Margaret (nee Clark) Carl.


Mar 4, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Delta, Ontario 

Ø      Number 639810

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. Alonzo Carl, father, Plum Hollow, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist


Sep 25, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 Special Service Company, Kingston, Ontario as he was underage. 

While here he was appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant.


Mar 22, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft


Mar 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

The draft disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival in the Seaford Camp, the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion.  However Private Carl became sick while onboard the ship and was admitted directly to the military hospital in Liverpool on disembarking.

Posted to the CORD (Central Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital.


May 13, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) on discharge from hospital.


May 27, 1917

On Command to the Trench Warfare School, Bexhill.


Jun 1, 1917

Ceased to be On Command to the Trench Warfare School.


Jun 11, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private.


Jun 15, 1917

Admitted to the Eastbourne Isolation Hospital diagnosed with Diphtheria.


Jul 18, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Aug 12, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 17, 1917

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart.


Nov 24, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Passchendaele and was assigned to “A” Company.


Mar 4, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge.


Mar 7, 1918

Graduated from the Lewis Gun Course at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp, Calonne Ricouart.


Aug 6, 1918

While the battalion was moving forward into the front lines on the night of August 5/6, a German 5.9” shell landed in an ammunition dump that Private Carl’s company was moving past causing a large explosion, killing him and many other members of his company.

Longueau British Cemetery
Somme, France

Above is from the January 1938 issue of the Communiqé, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter describing how Pte Belanger met his death, and below is from the Battalion's War Diary

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Margaret Carl, Plum Hollow, Ontario. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Nathaniel Carl, at the same address.

William Thomas Carl is remembered on the War Memorial in Athens, Ontario


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