William James Cross




Sep 27, 1890

Born at Northolt, Middlesex England


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59217 (temporary number 167)

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Cross (wife) of 254 College St., St James, Winnipeg Manitoba

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later recorded as Pressman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the Hertfordshire Reg’t, (Territorials)

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Aug 16, 1915

Forfeits 1 days pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 22, 1915

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Nov 28, 1915

Returned to duty from Bombing School


Mar 5, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace H Simpson who reverted to rank of Pte


Mar 23, 1916

Promoted to rank of Corporal


May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 31, 1916

At duty from leave


Jul 18, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 6 CFA with a Hernia


Jul 19, 1916

Returned to duty from hospital


Aug 11, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt WJ Dempster who was promoted to Sgt


Sep 15, 1916

Promoted to Sergeant to replace Sgt WJ Dempster who was killed in action


Apr 9, 1917

Wounded by gun shot in right foot


Apr 11, 1917

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with a gun shot wound to right foot


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and admitted to the Horton County of London War Hospital


May 26, 1917

Awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for Military Valour, London Gazette #30096



Jul 21, 1917

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Epsom


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged from the CCH at Epsom and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 17, 1917

Sentenced by Court Martial to be reduced in rank to Corporal for the offence of “when on active service, and without reasonable excuse, allowing to escape a person committed to his charge.”


Oct 19, 1917

Will made out leaving entire estate to his mother, Mrs S Cross, 188 Chester Rd, Watford Huts, England


Nov 20, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting L/Sgt


Nov 23, 1917

Reverted to permanent grade of Cpl and proceeded to France to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Nov 28, 1917

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Field


Jan 31, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Jun 27, 1918

Admitted to No 8 CFA then transferred to No 43 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with Influenza


Jul 8, 1918

Transferred to No 6 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Jul 9, 1918

Admitted to No 16 General Hospital, diagnosis changed to Bronchial Pneumonia


Jul 16, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian


Posted to the EORD


Jul 17, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CSH (Canadian Special Hospital) at Basingstoke


Sep 2, 1918

Discharged from No 4 CSH and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

On Command to the 21st Battalion while employed in the Colour Party to return the 21st Battalion Colours to the Battalion in Belgium from England


Jan 8, 1919

Ceases to be On Command, and is TOS the 21st Battalion in Germany


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 13, 1919

TOS 2nd Canadian Discharge Pool


May 22, 1919

Transferred to “N” Wing at Witley


Aug 20, 1919

SOS “N” Wing on transfer to “R” Wing


Aug 25, 1919

TOS CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Sep 4, 1919

SOS to Canada 

Embarked the SS Canada at Liverpool



Sep 5, 1919

TOS Quebec Depot Clearing Services Command


Sep 13, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec


Sep 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 322373

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 353 Brooklyn St, St., James, Winnipeg Manitoba


Sep 14, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to PO Merritton, Lincoln County, Ontario 

These medals were initially sent to WDS Cross No 774 by mistake, and returned by him.


Pictured above is the 1914-15 Star that was awarded to William Cross


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