William Arnold Cross MM




Aug 17, 1894

Born at Spencerville, Grenville County, Ontario Canada


May 1, 1916

Attested into the Depot Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, at Mille Roche Ontario 

Ø     Number 226713

Ø     Next of kin given as Jennie Cross and James Allen Cross (mother and father) of Prescott Ontario

Ø     Previous occupation given as farmer

Ø     Previous military experience given as “D” Squadron, 4th Hussars

Ø     Religion given as Methodist

Ø     Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Oct 19, 1916

Detailed to the 6th Overseas Draft and reverts to rank of Pte


Oct 26, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Nov 1, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the FGHRR (Fort Garry Horse Reserve Regiment) at Shorncliffe


Nov 3, 1916

TOS the 11th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Mar 6, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 27th Battalion and proceeded to France


Mar 7, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS the 27th Battalion


Mar 30, 1917

Left CBD to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 7, 1917

Joined the 27th Battalion in the field 

The battalion was in the final stages of training for the attack at Vimy Ridge.  As a new replacement with no combat experience, I strongly suspect that Pte Cross remained with the rear detail during the action at Vimy.  The war diary comments on the rear details cheering the men on when they departed for the jump off point the evening of Apr 8.


May 3, 1917

Wounded in neck and shoulder


May 4, 1917

Admitted to No 30, General Hospital at Calais France


May 6, 1917

Surgery performed to remove piece of helmet from right shoulder


May 10, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven, and posted to the Manitoba Regimental Depot



May 11, 1917

Admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital at Newport Mons


May 12, 1917

X-Ray shows that fine metal dust remains above the clavicle


Jun 7, 1917

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Woodcote Park


Jun 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS 11th Reserve Battalion


Nov 19, 1917

SOS 11th Reserve Battalion on proceeding to France and arrived at CBD.


Nov 22, 1917

Left CBD for the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 2, 1917

Joined the 27th Battalion in the field


May 1, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 14, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) wound to back and transferred to No 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then to No 48 CCS.  The same day was transferred to No 27 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Aug 15, 1918

Admitted to No 47 General Hospital at Le Treport


Aug 23, 1918

Transferred to No 3 CD (Convalescent Depot) at Le Treport


Aug 28, 1918

Transferred to No 13 CD at Trouville


Sep 1, 1918

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl with pay to replace L/Cpl Nelson (186649) who was KIA May 22, 1918


Sep 20, 1918

Classified “A”, discharged from hospital, and posted to Etaples


Sep 23, 1918

Arrived at and TOS CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples


Oct 2, 1918

Arrived at CCRC


Oct 5, 1918

Left CCRC to join unit


Oct 9, 1918

Joined the 27th Battalion in the field


Oct 18, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal as per the London Gazette #30962



Oct 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Mar 13, 1919

On loan to the RTO (Regimental Transport Officer) at Andenne Belgium


Mar 18, 1919

Rejoined the 27th Battalion


Mar 22, 1919

Attached to the 21st Battalion for regrouping pending return to Canada


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at Southampton 

TOS “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool


TOS MD #3 (Military District) Kingston Ontario


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 277430

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – Prescott Ontario


Dec 16, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Prescott Ontario


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