William Currie MC, MM



Jan 17, 1894

Born at High Fenwick, Argyleshire, Scotland


Dec 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59224 (temporary number 1173)

Ø      Next of Kin given as Alexander Currie (father) of High Fenwick, Argyleshire, Scotland

o       Later changed to Mrs A Currie (mother) of Dunranen, Dunlop St., Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Chauffeur”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked for France at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Apr 27, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a contusion on his back


May 9, 1916

Transferred to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers


May 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven, and transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Center)



May 13, 1916

Admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge 

Ø      Was struck in the back by a piece of falling shrapnel from a trench mortar at St Eloi

o       Lay waiting in no-man’s-land for assistance for 17 hours

Ø      The skin was not broken

Ø      Suffers pain in both knees and thighs, probably due to long wait for assistance


May 14, 1916

Admitted to the No 1 Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge 

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC


May 22, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Sep 29, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Sep 30, 1916

SOS CCAC on transfer to 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 11, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette #29780


Mar 8, 1917

On Command of EORD (Eastern Ontario Regiment)


Mar 10, 1917

SOS the CCAC on transfer to EORD


Mar 26, 1917

TOS EORD at Seaford


May 5, 1917

On Command of the OTC (Officer Training Center) at Bexhill


Jun 30, 1917

TOS EORD as a Lieutenant


Jul 1, 1917

Appointed to a Commission, London Gazette #30191


Jul 17, 1917

SOS EORD on transfer to 6th Reserve Battalion as an officer


Nov 23, 1917

Drafted to 21st Battalion


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Nov 28, 1917

Left CIBD to join 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 11, 1917

Attached to CCE (Canadian Corps of Engineers)


Dec 19, 1917

Ceases to be attached to CCE


Jan 14, 1918

Proceeded on course


Jan 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 6, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Feb 24, 1918

Proceeded on course


Mar 24, 1918

Rejoined battalion from course


Aug 8, 1918

Suffered from gas attack and admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 11, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital at Alberville suffering from effects of gas


Aug 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Aug 21, 1918

Arrived at CIBD


Aug 24, 1918

Left to join battalion


Aug 28, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CFA then transferred to No 7 CCS with a GSW


Sep 1, 1918

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with a GSW


Sep 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David and TOS the EORD


Admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital


Sep 16, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30901



Oct 6, 1918

Admitted to Canadian Officer’s Hospital at Matlock, Bath with a GSW (gun shot wound) to the chest


Oct 24, 1918

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Nov 6, 1918

Medical Board Report at Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Buxton 

Ø      Received a through and through bullet wound to chest on August 28, 1918, near Arras, France

Ø      Hemorrhaged from lungs for 7 days

Ø      Recommended that he be invalided to Canada as treatment will be required for a period exceeding 6 months

Ø      Declared unfit for any service for minimum 6 months


Dec 10. 1918

Discharged from hospital and invalided to Canada


Dec 20, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Dec 22, 1918

TOS DD#3 (District Depot #3) at Kingston and admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital


Dec 28, 1918

SOS 21st Battalion


Apr 9, 1919

SOS DD#3 and transferred to the Spadina Hospital, Toronto


Nov 4, 1919

Medical Report filed at the Sydenham Military Hospital, Kingston Ontario


Nov 31, 1919

SOS the CEF and discharged as being medically unfit 

Ø      Proposed address on discharge – 152 Florence St., Ottawa Ontario

o       Later changed to 513 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa Ontario


Oct 29, 1938



Beechwood Cemetery
Ottawa ON


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