Walter Clifford

Feb 13, 1883

Born in London, England to Charles Walter and Katherine Mary (nee Laight) Clifford


Sep 5, 1908

Married to Caroline Matilda Ward in Kingston, Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59170 (temporary number 51)

Ø  Next of kin given as Caroline Clifford, wife, McDonald St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 6 years in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

o   Later posted to the Quartermaster’s Section

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


Nov 10, 1914

Appointed to the Provisional Rank of Lance Corporal without pay


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

To draw pay for rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the appointment to the rank of Lance Corporal


While training in England, the men dug practice trenches.  L/Cpl Clifford is shown
below pretending to play a guitar while taking a break from training

Aug 27, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl CP Burke who had reverted to the rank of Private


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 20, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Tapeworm.  20 to 30 feet of worm was removed, but the head was not found.  He was transferred the same day to the Division Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Apr 26, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 4, 1916

Transferred to the North Midlands Casualty Clearing Station at Mont Des Cats and the diagnosis was changed to read Taenia Solium Infection, a Pork Tapeworm


May 10, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Aug 17, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Nov 3, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 24, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 6, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 7, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 24, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

Private Clifford was with the 21st Battalion when it crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On disembarking in England he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Taken On Strength the Casualty Company, Military District #3, Kingston


May 30, 1919

Admitted to the Queen’s University Hospital Kingston where he is noted as passing segments of a Tapeworm


Jun 2, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until June 16, 1919


Aug 11, 1919

A large mass of segments and complete head of Tapeworm was passed


Aug 16, 1919

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Segments of Tape Worm first noticed in stool at Christmas, 1915

Ø  He became easily exhausted and dizzy on exertion

Ø  Appetited good but has lost weight

Ø  Recommended for discharge


Aug 19, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214011

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge McDonald St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at McDonald St., Kingston, Ontario

Walter Clifford rejoined the Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles after his discharge from the CEF and rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Headquarters Company


Dec 11, 1921

Walter Clifford was a member of the Colour Party when the 21st Battalion Colours were laid up in St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston


Oct 4, 1946

Walter Clifford died while a patient of the Kingston Veteran’s Hospital of Prostate Cancer and was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston



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