William Joel Coleman

Nov 28, 1898

Born in Herman, Ontario to Charles William and Mary Ann (nee Stevens) Coleman


Jan 31, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Bancroft, Ontario

Ø  Number 636517

Ø  Next of kin given as Charles William Coleman, father, Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 18, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Nov 23, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, William Coleman joined the 21st Battalion resting in Bully Grenay, France and was posted to 14 Platoon, “D” Company along with his brother, Charlie Coleman


May 8, 1917

While in the front line trench near the railway line east of Vimy Ridge, William Coleman received a shrapnel wound to his left hand and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 12, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Dec 28, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 13, 1918

Rejoined the battalion resting in Auchy au Bois, France


Jan 31, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 16, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Apr 4, 1918

Rejoined the battalion in the support trench near Neuville Vitasse, France


Apr 22, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Aug 8, 1918

During the liberation of the town of Marcelcave, France, William Coleman receive a shrapnel wound to his right leg and was evacuated to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance.

Transferred the same day to the No. 5 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

This was the same day the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel EW Jones DSO was killed in action during the advance on the town.


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred via the No. 26 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen


Aug 20, 1918

Transferred via the No. 42 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 72 General Hospital in Trouville


Aug 23, 1918

Transferred to the No. 15 Convalescent Depot in Trouville to continue his recovery


Aug 29, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Oct 5, 1918

Discharged to base depot in Havre for light duty


Oct 8, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Oct 20, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Dec 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1918

While William Coleman was on leave, the 21st Battalion entered Germany as part of the Occupying Force and he rejoined the battalion in Seigburg, Germany at the end of his leave.


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was posted to the Canadian Concentration Camp in Witley and attached to “P” Wing pending return to Canada


Apr 23, 1919

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

o   Even though he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, for some reason that was not recorded on his discharge certificate

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279950

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge c/o William Adams, Box 104 Belleville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at c/o William Adams (brother-in-law), Box 104 Belleville, Ontario


Jul 24, 1923

Married to Mary Tredwell in Bancroft, Ontario

William Joel Coleman died in 1983 and was buried in the Belleville, Ontario Cemetery



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