William Glass

Photos supplied by his great granddaughter, Lesa Avarino, and reproduced here with her permission


Sep 18, 1880

Born at Wellington England


Aug 12, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 171090

Ø      Next of kin given as Alice Glass (wife) of 97 Trinity St, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military service given as 8 years in the Shropshire Light Infantry

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Jan 14, 1916

Fined 1 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 1 day


Feb 3, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Proceeded to France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion on arrival at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre


Feb 15, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the N & O Trenches near Ridgewood France


Feb 27, 1916          

After being with the Battalion for only 10 days, he was Killed in Action by shrapnel wounds to his head from a shell that entered his dug-out at 2.45 am.
Below is from the Battalion’s War Diary



Ridge Wood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium 

On the left is the original wood cross.  That photo was supplied by his great granddaughter, Lesa Avarino


Oct 21, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the Plaque and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Alice Glass at 451 King St. E., Toronto Ontario 

In addition, there was a second Memorial Cross sent to his Mother, Mrs Elizabeth Glass, at 15 Holyoak St, Wellington England


Jun 27, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mrs Alice Glass at 451 King St. E., Toronto Ontario

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