William Hopkinson

Jul 25, 1876

Born in Yorkshire, England to Frank and Frances (nee Earusha) Hopkinson


Aug 30, 1899

Married to Nancy Jamieson in Kingston, Ontario


Dec 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59480 (temporary number 1155)

Ø  Next of kin given as Nancy Hopkinson, wife, 202 Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1st DWWR (Duke of Wellington’s West Riding) Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Brigade Headquarters

Embarked in Folkestone for France, but the boat was rammed by a British Destroyer and had to be towed into Boulogne the following morning


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the headquarters proceeded to St. Omer by train


Dec 25, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company

This was later absorbed into the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps

It appears that there may be some pages of this service file missing as there is a large gap in details of Private Hopkinson’s service


Mar 1, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot


Mar 19, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps


Oct 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 9, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 29, 1918

William Hopkinson accidentally sprained his right ankle and was admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 1, 1918

Transferred via the No. 38 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Dec 26, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Graylingwell War Hospital in Chichester

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 8, 1919

Transferred to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bexhill


Jan 24, 1919

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot


Feb 22, 1919

Transferred to Military District #4 Wing in Rhyl pending return to Canada


Mar 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Mar 25, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec where he was Taken On Strength the #4 District Depot


Mar 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 92391

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at

William Hopkinson later settled in Kingston, Ontario and operated a millinery shop




Nov 6, 1959

William Hopkinson died of Broncho Pneumonia in Kingston, Ontario


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