William Thomas Frazer

May 17, 1859

Born in London, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59341 (temporary number 5) with the rank of Sergeant

Ø  Next of kin given as Clara Frazer, wife, 381 Gloucester St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Musician

Ø  Previous military service given as West Riding Regiment, Coldstream Guards in the UK and Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery

o   Claimed service in Egypt in 1885

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company as Sergeant Drummer

He lied about his age on attesting, stating his birth year as 1869, not his actual birth year of 1859

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the appointment of Sergeant Drummer


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 9, 1915

Admitted to the Division Rest Station at Loker, Belgium with a diagnosis that reads Cycosis of the hands and feet.  This was later changed to read Eczema of the hands and feet


Nov 18, 1915

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples


Nov 20, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Manor House Hospital in Folkestone

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 29, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bear Wood, Wokingham and the diagnosis was changed to read Psoriasis.  A boil is also noted on his middle finger, left hand


Dec 20, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 31, 1915

Transferred to the Pay Office in London


Apr 8, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Apr 13, 1916

Attached to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ashford


Oct 21, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the Ordnance Corps and returned to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front line battalions


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 6, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 17, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Mar 8, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Apr 1, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Intended residence is recorded

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 19 Moat Pl., Stockwell, London, England


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