William McTaggart "Willie" Davis

Jul 6, 1891

Born in Richmond, Quebec to William and Mary Jane Elizabeth (nee LaFleur) Davis


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59243 (temporary number 937)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mary Davis, mother, Upper Melbourne, Quebec

Ø  Previous occupation given as Foreign Freight Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.




May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 3, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Diarrhea


Feb 7, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


May 28, 1916

Granted 10 days leave.  This was later extended to June 8, 1916


Jun 8, 1916

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) to be employed as a Batman


Nov 27, 1917

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Headquarters for duty


Dec 27, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the division headquarters and rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Auchy au Bois, France


Feb 5, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Headquarters for duty


Feb 8, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being drunk


Apr 24, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the division headquarters and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Neuville Vitasse, France


Aug 19, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 2, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

Private Davis crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion and entered Germany as part of the occupying force


On entering Germany, the 21st Battalion proceeded to Siegburg to keep the peace


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was transferred to the “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277401

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Richmond, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 95A Willibrord St., Verdun, Quebec


Nov 26, 1919

Married to Rhoda Florence Mason in Ottawa, Ontario


Feb 5, 1957

William MacTaggart Davis died suddenly at his home, 70 Rosedale Ave., Ottawa, Ontario and was buried in the Saint Anne’s Cemetery, Richmond, Quebec




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