William Hopkins Cunningham


Feb 3, 1889

Born to Alexander and Annie (nee Hopkins) Cunningham at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland


Jul 15, 1915

Shown on the payroll for the 19th Lincoln Regiment, Welland Canal Force 

Number 2575


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at the Niagara Camp 

Ø      Number 141652

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr Alex Cunningham (father) of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mechanic

o       This was later recorded as Golf Instructor

Ø      Previous military experience given as currently a member of the 19th Lincoln Regiment, Welland Canal Force

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Dec 1, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 4, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private and fined 4 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp


Jun 28, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France


Jul 12, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion 

The Battalion was in billets in the Chippawa Camp and on this date participated in a large sports day.  It was also the day that the announcement was made that L/Col WSP Hughes was leaving the Battalion to be promoted to the rank of Brig-Gen and would be taking command of a Brigade in the 4th Division


Aug 4, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 6, 1917

Attached to the CCIS (Canadian Corps Infantry School) and employed as a Batman to Lieut Bullock.


Jul 12, 1918 

A notice appeared in the 4th Brigade Orders requesting information regarding the whereabouts of Pte Cunningham



Oct 30, 1918

He was declared a Deserter by a Court of Inquiry and SOS (Struck Off Strength) the Battalion’s roll 

It would appear that the 21st Battalion had not been informed that he was being employed elsewhere.  The order declaring him to be a Deserter was rescinded on March 19, 1919 when the error came to light


Dec 12, 1918

Granted permission to marry and awarded 14 days leave


Dec 18, 1918

Married at Colwyn Bay Wales 

Next of kin changed to read Mrs Edna Cunningham (wife) of Wednesbury House, Dundonald Rd, Colwyn Bay, North Wales


Jan 2, 1919

Rejoined the school from leave


Jan 28, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) “E” Wing at Bramshott pending return to Canada


Jun 5, 1919

Attached to “A” Wing at Witley


Jul 12, 1919

Embarked the HMT Royal George at Liverpool



Jul 21, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 385124

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 18 Haynes Ave, St Catharines Ontario


Dec 14, 1922

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 18 Haynes Ave, St Catharines Ontario


Mar 20, 1925

Embarked the SS Canopic at Liverpool England with his wife Ada (Edna).  It is unclear when he left Canada



Mar 29, 1925

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and on the ship’s manifest, stated that their home address was 13 Chestnut St. E., St Catharines Ontario.  He gave his occupation as Golf Instructor



The St Catharines Ontario Golf and Country Club list him as their Head Golf Professional from 1914 to 1947


May 12, 1954

Died at the St Catharines General Hospital as a result of a Cerebral Hemorrhage

Victoria Lawn Cemetery
St Catharines Ontario


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