William Henry Mackney
Information supplied by Peter Gower

Sep 16, 1891

Born at Kingston Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59623 (temporary number 1065)

Ø      Stated to be single and Next of Kin given as Walter Mackney (father) of Smiths Falls Ontario

Ø      Occupation given as “Piano Maker” with the Wormwith Piano Company

Ø      Previous military experience given as 5 years in the 14th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as “Church of England”

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company


Feb 20, 1915

Separation Allowance was authorized to his wife, Mrs Nettie Irene Mackney of 142 York Street.  This was later changed to 197 Colborne St., then to 111 York St., and then to 299 Division St., all in Kingston Ontario.


May 1, 1915

Pay assignment of $20 per month authorized to his wife, Mrs Nettie Mackney of 299 Division Street Kingston


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Aug 28, 1915

Transferred from Depot Company to No 1 Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked for France


Jun 1, 1917

Admitted to No 13 Canadian Field Ambulance with Influenza


Jun 15, 1917

Noted as suffering from general malaise and weakness


Jun 27, 1917

Administered Cod Liver Oil emulsion


Jul 2, 1917

Transferred to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers, Ward C2, with Tubercular lung


Jul 3, 1917

Tested positive for TB


Jul 7, 1917

Transferred to Tooting Military Hospital, Church Lane, Tooting SW


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington, Ward 20, with TB


Oct 17, 1917

Invalided to Canada with TB and embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya at Liverpool for Canada



Oct 25, 1917

Disembarked the HS Araguaya in Canada


Oct 28, 1917

Medical Board Report at Halifax Nova Scotia Discharge Depot 

Ø      Cause of disability determined to be Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Ø      Complains of pains in chest, shortness of breath, has a marked cough, and weakness

Ø      Patient is anemic and poorly nourished

Ø      Disability was caused by his war service and determined to be 100%

Ø      Disability is determined to last indefinitely

Ø      Admission to a Sanitarium is recommended


Nov 3, 1917

Admitted to the Mowatt Memorial Hospital in Kingston Ontario with TB (Tuberculosis) 

Case History Report states: 

Ø      Patient’s Pulmonary Tuberculosis was far advanced on admission and progressed rapidly.  Shortly after admission he went absent without leave and was returned by the military police.  After being returned by the military police on further occasions, it was decided to allow him to remain at home.


Jul 9, 1918

Died at 9.30 pm in hospital and is buried in Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston ON.


Jan 7, 1921

Memorial Cross and Plaque sent to mother, Mrs Anna Dutton, 156 Raglan Rd Kingston Ontario


May 7, 1921

Memorial Cross, Plaque and Scroll sent to wife, Mrs Nettie Mackney, 527 Sherbourne St., Toronto Ontario


Jun 21, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 156 Raglan Road Kingston 

Note he was eligible for the 1914-15 Star, but no mention of when it was sent 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below is the name of William Mackney being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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