William Laidlaw

Jun 16, 1893

Born in Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59556 (temporary number 440)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. R Laidlaw, 35 Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Chauffer and Mechanic

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Mar 25, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unrecorded offence


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

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 26, 1915

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Bursitis in his knees and placed in the rest station in Dranoutre, Belgium


Oct 9, 1915

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Dec 25, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples with shrapnel wounds to his arms, eyes and neck


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot


Sep 21, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux


Oct 16, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and proceeded to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Nov 11, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) from 3 pm until his arrest at 8.30 pm.  He was charged with being absent and for being drunk.  While under arrest he was charged with breaking a window in the detention centre.  He was later fined 14 days pay for the 3 offences


Dec 8, 1916

Medical Board changed his classification to PB (Permanent Base) meaning that he is permanently unfit for combat duties.

Attached to the Canadian Corps Composite Company in France


Jan 12 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 19, 1917

Medical Board confirmed his classification of Permanent Base with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia


Jul 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Corps Employment Company Headquarters


Dec 10, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to Paris


Mar 4, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Jun 11, 1918

Classified “A” meaning he was fit for full duty


Jun 25, 1918

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads infected corns on his feet


Jul 1, 1918

Discharged from hospital

Reverted to the rank of Private and transferred to the 2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps


Sep 10, 1918

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 21, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Jan 15, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to the United Kingdom


Jan 29, 1919

Admitted to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis

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


Feb 4, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park and the diagnosis was changed to read Influenza


Feb 28, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 13, 1919

Admitted to the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital in Millbank with a diagnosis that reads Colic


Apr 4, 1919

Transferred to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital in Orpington


Jun 3, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot in Seaford


Jun 6, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jul 2, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jul 8, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213194

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 235 A St. Antoine St., Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 235 A St. Antoine St., Montreal, Quebec


Jan 30, 1949

William Laidlaw was reported to have passed away


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