William Harold Edmiston



Jul 20, 1893

Born in Woodstock, Ontario to James and Sarah Jane (nee Mason) Edmiston


Oct 5, 1917

Medical examination performed under the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) in Brantford, Ontario and declared fit for service


Feb 25, 1918

Conscripted under the MSA into the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd COR (Central Ontario Regiment) in Hamilton, Ontario 

Ø      Number 3108133

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Edmiston, mother, Woodstock, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cheese Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the 5th Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd COR


May 15, 1918

The 5th Draft embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley where the draft was absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 19th Battalion


Sep 13, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 19th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 21, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and left the CC Rein C to join the battalion


Sep 22, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support in the Buissy Switch Line and TOS (Taken On Strength)


Oct 11, 1918

Less than 1 month after joining the 21st Battalion and exactly 1 month before the Armistice was signed, the battalion was making an advance on Avesnes le Sec, which the Germans defended with tanks.  The battalion suffered many losses, including Private William Edmiston, who was killed in that action.  He was buried in the Niagara British Cemetery, north-east of Cambrai, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah J. Edmiston, 65 Reeve St., Woodstock, Ontario


William Edmiston is honoured on the panels of the Woodstock, Ontario War Memorial

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