William George Crerar, MM

Photo taken November 11, 1936




Mar 13, 1893

Born at London England


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59216 (temporary number 1164)

Ø      Next of kin given as David Crerar (brother) of Moira Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Laborer”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Jan 7, 1915

Admitted to hospital with inflamed tonsils


Jan 11, 1915

Discharged from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne


Sep 30, 1915

Awarded 28 days Field Punishment No 2 for “Neglect of Duty”


Nov 8, 1915

Proceeded on Bombing Course


Nov 14, 1915

Returned to duty from course


Mar 23, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


May 19, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Jul 4, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt (Platoon Sgt in "C" Coy) to replace Sgt Northey


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with deafness from Shell Shock then transferred to No 17 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Stationary Hospital with Shell Shock then transferred to No 2 Convalescent Hospital at Rouen


Sep 18, 1916

Discharged to CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Harfleur


Sep 20, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CBD


Oct 6, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Oct 9, 1916

Rejoined 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 24, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 28, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with Laryngitis


Jan 5, 1917

Discharged to duty


Feb 11, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA then transferred to No 4 CFA with Bronchitis, then transferred to Canadian Rest Station


Feb 19, 1917

Returned to duty from hospital


Mar 12, 1917

Awarded Military Medal, London Gazette #29981


This was for action during the Calonne Trench Raid, January 17, 1917.

The Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack on the German lines.  This NCO succeeded in placing a block in the enemy's communication trench under very difficult circumstances.  He also assisted in capturing prisoners and securing an enemy machine gun.

AFW 3121 


Apr 7, 1917

Sent to Canadian Corps Staging Camp and employed as Divisional Orderly Sgt


Sep 28, 1917

Admitted to No 3 CCS then transferred to No 23 CCS with Tonsillitis


Sep 30, 1917

Transferred to No 4 AT


Oct 1, 1917

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


Oct 6, 1917

Discharged to Marlborough Depot Rest Camp


Oct 9, 1917

TOS CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot)


Oct 17, 1917

Left to join 2 CIBD


Dec 7, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 10, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 26, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Aug 8, 1918

Wounded in left thigh and admitted to No 1 CFA, then transferred to CCS


Aug 9, 1918

Admitted to No 5 Canadian General Hospital


Aug 10, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Guildford Castle


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Aug 11, 1918

Admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester


Aug 19, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent hospital, Epsom


Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital, Orpington, Kent


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to Princess Patricia Red Cross Hospital, Cooden Camp, Bexhill


Oct 21, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion


Oct 28, 1918

Discharged to duty


Nov 21, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Dec 26, 1918

Married Dorothy Rowntree at the Parish Church of St Marks, Witley – wife’s address – 24 Shepherds Bldgs, Upper Brook St, London, W1


Mar 21, 1919

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot), Buxton and is SOS (Struck Off Strength) to CEF in Canada, Disposal Area “H”, MD#3  


Apr 15, 1919

Embarked SS Corsican for Canada



Apr 28, 1919

Discharged at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      Given War Service Badge Class “A”, No 132400

Ø      Proposed address on discharge – Belleville Ontario


Dec 25, 1946  Deceased at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston Ontario




Belleville Cemetery
Belleville ON


In the above photo taken in 1916, from left to right standing Allan Forbes, Bill Crerar and Frank Runge.  Seated is Charlie Smith


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