William Grimshaw

Jan 19, 1889

Born in London, England


Mar 20, 1916

Attested into the 39th Reserve Battalion CEF in West Sandling, England 

Ø      Number 413136

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Kate Broad, foster mother, Millbank, Headcorn, Kent, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 10, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

After leaving the CBD, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Albert, France


Oct 6, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion, he joined the 21st Battalion as they passed through Albert on their way to billets in Bouzencourt


Jan 12, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza (Pneumonia)


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Jan 19, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 Stationary Hospital in Arques and the diagnosis was changed to read Myalgia


Jan 22, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Apr 25, 1917

While the battalion was in the front line trench near the Vimy-Farbus railway embankment, Private William Grimshaw was killed during an enemy artillery barrage.  He was buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his  foster mother, Mrs. Kate Broad, Millbank, Headcorn, Kent, England

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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