William Head

May 7, 1896

Born in Long Brackland, Bury St. Edmunds, England


Aug 20, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 144847

Ø      No next of kin was listed on attesting, but was later recorded as Mrs. J. Head, mother, Long Brackland, Bury St. Edmunds, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the 1st Reinforcing Draft


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Battalion to continue training.  The 12th Battalion was later re-designated the 12th Reserve Battalion.


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Jun 12, 1916

Less than 3 months after joining the battalion, he was in the front line trenches near Verbranden Molen, Belgium in an area called the Bluff.  Private Head was killed during an enemy Trench Mortar barrage there and was buried in the Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs. Alice Dewing, 146 Ifield Rd., Redcliffe Square, S. Kensington, S.W., England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Jane Head, 42 Long St., Bury Saint Edmunds, England


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