William Carnochan

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 12, 1897

Born to William Reid and Janet (nee Thompson) Carnochan in Haliburton, Ontario.


Mar 24, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion in Haliburton, Ontario

Ø      Number 1087289

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. William Carnochan, mother, Haliburton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


May 29, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with his brother, Gordon Carnochan.


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival in Seaford, the battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training.


Jun 24, 1917

Admitted to the Ravenscroft Hospital, Eastbourne, diagnosed with Mumps.


Jul 16, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Oct 17, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion.


Oct 18, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot), Etaples, France as part of a draft of 81 reinforcements for the front lines.


Oct 21, 1917

Left the CIBD for the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp).


Oct 22, 1917

Arrived at the CC Rein C in Calonne Ricouart.


Nov 6, 1917

Left the CC Rein C by bus to join the battalion.  Because of the Passchendaele fighting, the reinforcements were held at Poperinghe, Belgium until it was suitable to proceed forward.


Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Camblain L’Abbe as part of a draft of 95 reinforcements to replace the heavy losses.


Apr 18, 1918

His brother, Gordon, was transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Apr 27, 1918

While in the front line trenches near Neuville Vitasse, Private Carnochan received a shrapnel wound to his left heel and was taken to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Apr 29, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Australian General Hospital.


May 1, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama

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


May 2, 1918

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke.


May 4, 1918

Surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel from his heel.  Following the surgery, he developed a fever and the wound became septic.


May 12, 1918

Listed as dangerously ill as his foot had become badly infected.


May 13, 1918

He died at ll.15 am of his wounds while in hospital and is buried in the Warting Road Cemetery, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Janet Carnochan, Haliburton, Ontario.

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


William Carnochan is commemorated on the War Memorial in Haliburton, Ontario

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