William Henry Greer



Oct 2, 1895

Born at Centerton Ontario to Robert Greer and Caroline Brown 

This is the date given on his Attestation below.  Family records indicate his birth date is October 12, 1896.


Nov 29, 1916

Attested into the 235th Battalion at Cobourg Ontario 

Ø      Number 1027529

Ø      Next of kin given as Carry Greer (mother) of Canton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Stated that his father was not alive and that his next of kin was his mother, Mrs Carrie Greer.  His Separation Allowance and Assigned Pay were sent to her as Mrs James Brown, her maiden name.


Apr 14, 1917

Transferred to the No 3 AMC (Army Medical Corps) Training Depot (Queen’s) Kingston Ontario. 


Jun 22, 1917

Embarked the SS Justica at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 5, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the AMC Depot at Westenhanger


Sep 18, 1917

Transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and proceeded to the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France where he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD for the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 19, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line near the Arras-Cambrai Road, however Pte Greer joined the rear party headquarters some distance behind the front line.  The War Diary makes note of a draft of 24 Other Ranks joining them on this date


Oct 11, 1918

Received severe shrapnel wounds to his head and was admitted to the No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to the No 22 General Hospital


Oct 21, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to The City of London General Hospital


Nov 28, 1918

Transferred to the Beech House Hospital, London


Jan 6, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom 

His assessment on admission states that he suffers from sharp stabbing pains in the head, in addition to the skin surface in the area feels dead.  He has no feeling in the extremities of arms, abdomen and chest and cannot feel needle pricks to the skin.  In addition, he has no feeling in his facial area.  He cannot feel any sensation of cold, but is very sensitive to heat.  He sleeps very poorly and has no appetite


Jan 13, 1919

Started on a program of physical therapy


Jan 27, 1919

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Feb 15, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 12, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing #2 at Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Mar 23, 1919

Embarked the Troopship Empress of Britain at Liverpool


TOS No 2 District Depot Toronto Ontario


Mar 31, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Apr 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 156955

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Port Hope Ontario


Mar 4, 1920

Married to Jane Elizabeth Mazyline Maise Nixon at Port Hope Ontario


Aug 10, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Port Hope Ontario


Feb 22, 1972

Died at Port Hope Ontario 

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