William John Laird

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 19, 1888

Born at Queensborough, Elzevir Township, Hastings County, Ontario


Apr 7, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Coe Hill Ontario 

Ø      Number 637046

Ø      Next of kin given as William Laird, father, of Ormsby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 Militia Camp

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Bully Grenay carrying out training exercises.  He was assigned to No 13 Platoon of “D” Company


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Laird was wounded during the advance on Vimy Ridge.  After being initially treated at the Regimental Aid Post he was transferred to the Field Ambulance for treatment but was immediately transferred to No 18 Casualty Clearing Station for surgery, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery
Pas de Calais France

Post war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William Laird, c/o Dennis Gillin at Madoc Ontario.  There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him and he was not married. 

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