William McElhinney

Jan 7, 1895

Born at Newtown Cunningham, Ireland


Apr 12, 1913

Embarked the SS Numidian in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife Kate



Apr 23, 1913

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


Jan 14, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Marmora Ontario

Ø  Number 636386

Ø  Next of kin given as Kathleen McElhinney, wife, of Bell View (now known as Bonarlaw) Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Section Man

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Oct 18, 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) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private McElhinney joined the 21st Battalion resting in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Feb 16, 1917

While in the front line trench west of Thelus, France, Private McElhinney received a shrapnel wound to his left hand and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Feb 19, 1917

Transferred to the No 26 General Hospital in Etaples


Feb 26, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital in Liverpool

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


May 28, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington


Jun 1, 1917

Surgery performed to repair damage to his left hand from the shrapnel wound


Jul 17, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Jul 28, 1917

VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) is added to his diagnosis


Jul 30, 1917

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge


Sep 13, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 15, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Nov 19, 1917

Attached to the DORE (District Office of the Royal Engineers) in Basingstoke for duty


Jan 14, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the Royal Engineers and rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jan 24, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Meads, Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Jan 25, 1918

Surgery performed to remove his Appendix


Mar 11, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


May 30, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 2, 1918

Returned to the hospital and forfeited 3 day’s pay for his absence


Jun 14, 1918

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for physical training


Sep 12, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

Attached to #3 Wing, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Dec 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool



Dec 30, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was posted to the Casualty Company at the Exhibition Camp


Dec 31, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until January 15, 1919


Feb 1, 1919

Attached to the Canadian Ordnance Corps in Toronto for duty


Apr 7, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company in Toronto and attached to the Park School for duty


Jul 2, 1919

Medical Board in Toronto notes

Ø  Suffers from partial loss of function of left hand due to shrapnel wound

Ø  Loss of gripping capacity

Ø  Has pain in hand when lifting

Ø  Patient will be unable to resume former occupation

Ø  Fit for Home Service only


Jul 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 142570

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Middleport, Ontario

Ø  Permitted to wear 1 gold stripe

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals (shown below) were sent to him at Middleport, Ontario


Jul 4, 1923

Married to Lillian Helen Dunsdon in Munroe, New York, USA

I could find no resolution of the marriage to his first wife, Kathleen.  She died July 25, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario


Jul 23, 1923

Re-entered Canada and proceeded to Middleport, Ontario


Mar 23, 1971

William McElhinney died and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario



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