William Wallace McGowan

Dec 19, 1886

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario


Nov 24, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59720 (temporary number 1093)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Matilda McGowan, widowed mother, Cape Vincent, New York, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Guide

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Employed with the Regimental Police

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


Jun 10, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Tonsilitis


Jun 18, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 22, 1915

Ceased to be employed with Regimental Police and posted to regular duty


Jul 27, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for misconduct


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 9, 1915

Proceeded to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Wimereux, France to recover from a Haemorrhoid irritation


Oct 11, 1915

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Oct 13, 1915

Invalided to England

On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 3rd Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis) was added to the diagnosis

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 18, 1915

Transferred to the Central Military Hospital in Lichfield


Oct 30, 1915

Discharged to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Mar 1, 1916

Fined $2.00 for being drunk


Mar 25, 1916

Attached to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ashford for duty


May 6, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Ordnance Corps for permanent duty in Ashford


Nov 9, 1916

Attached to the No. 1 Detachment in Shoreham on Sea


Apr 5, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 Detachment of the Canadian Ordnance Corps in Shoreham on Sea


Oct 31, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Detachment in Shoreham on Sea


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 Detachment in Buxton


Apr 17, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Detachment in Ashford


Jun 24, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 2 for an unrecorded offence


Nov 28, 1918

Transferred to the General Depot in Witley


May 16, 1919

Forfeited 20 days pay for being outside of camp 2 times without a pass.


May 19, 1919

Transferred to the Military District No. 3 Wing in Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jun 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Jun 16, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213210

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Schenectady, New York, USA

Following his death in 1934, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs. Katherine Vassos, 2403 Walton Ave., Bronx, New York City, USA.  His medals were not issued prior to his death


Feb 13, 1934

William Wallace McGowan passed away as reported by his sister, Mrs. Katherine Vassos who resided in New York City, USA


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