William Graham





Mar 25, 1891

Born at Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland


Nov 12, 1915

Joined the 20th Regiment, Halton Rifles


Nov 19, 1915

Signed Attestation Papers into the 76th Battalion at Milton Ontario 

Ø      Number 142530

Next of kin given as Mrs David Crawford (sister) of Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Territorials in Scotland, 4 years and currently a member of the 20th Regiment, Halton Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

Although these papers were signed by him on Nov 19, the Medical Certificate was signed on Nov 18 at Milton Ontario, and the Certificate of the Officer Commanding was signed on the Nov 26th, while the Magistrate’s Certificate wasn’t signed until Nov 29th at Barrie Ontario


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax for England


Note that the ship did not sail until April 25.


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Jul 1, 1916

Will made out leaving entire estate to his brother, Andrew Graham of Milton Ontario


Sep 15, 1916

Wounded by gunshot wound to right forearm during the action at Courcelette


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the HS Jan Breydel


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkstone


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Northern General Hospital at Sheffield


Oct 7, 1916

Admitted to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Bushey Park, Teddington


Oct 12, 1916

Medical Board held at CCAC declares the wound healed and that he will be fit for duty after 4 weeks Physical Training


Oct 15, 1916

On Command to CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) for PT (Physical Training)


Dec 21, 1916

TOS 1st CCTB (Canadian Casualty Temporary Base)


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion on arrival at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot


Mar 31, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 4, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 9, 1917

Killed in action during the action at Vimy Ridge


Nine Elms Military Cemetery

Thelus, France



British War Medal, Victory Medal, Death Plaque and Scroll were sent to his brother, Andrew Graham at Box 143 Milton West Ontario.

There was no Memorial Cross issued as there was no qualified recipient



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of William Graham being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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