William Dobbie



Oct 13, 1889

Born at Acton, Esquesing Township, Ontario


Mar 20, 1916

Attested into the 164th Battalion at Acton Ontario 

Ø      Number 663580

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Lille Dobbie (mother) of 53 Breightaught St, Berlin Ontario

o       Because of the war with Germany, the town changed it’s name to Kitchener Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      On enlistment, he declared that he was the sole supporter of his widowed mother


Apr 11, 1917

Embarked the SS Carpathia at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the East Sandling Camp


Apr 23, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 2nd Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


May 10, 1917

Posted to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) at Crowborough


Jun 10, 1917

Posted to the 164th Battalion


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion at Witley


Mar 19, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion at Witley


Mar 29, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at Canadian Infantry Base Depot in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 1, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion on transfer to the Canadian Machine Gun Reinforcement Pool 

It is evident that Pte Dobbie never physically joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 14, 1918

Posted to the Eaton Machine Gun Battery


Jun 7, 1918

Posted to the 2nd Canadian MMG Bde (Motor Machine Gun Brigade)


Mar 7, 1919

Proceeded to England


May 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Scotian at Liverpool



May 15, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to London Ontario


May 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 260767

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Kitchener Ontario


Jun 23, 1921

Married to Edna Millar at her home in Clinton Ontario 

Their intended residence after marriage was Toronto Ontario


Dec 13, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Acton Ontario 

The Medals card indicates his service in France was with the 21st Battalion


Jul 28, 1966

Deceased at Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital, Kitchener Ontario 

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