William Wilfred McGuire, MM


The panel and medal photos here are from a display built by Stephen Smith in the Woodstock Ontario Museum
Thank you to John Sargeant for supplying the photos.



Jun 11, 1893

Born at Tillsonburg Ontario 

He is listed on the 1901 Census as W Wiford McGuire and on the 1911 Census as WM McGuire


Jan 6, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Tillsonburg Ontario 

Ø      Number 675046

Ø      Next of kin given as William McGuire (father) of Tillsonburg Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Nov 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 19, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 22, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets in Bois Des Alleux, reorganizing and re-equipping after the battle at Vimy Ridge


Aug 16, 1917          

During an attack at Lens, Pte McGuire was acting as a runner, and the following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary



Nov 2, 1917

Admitted to the No 12 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection to right foot 

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


This was for his actions at Lens on night of August 16/17, 1917

Citation reads

On August 15th to 18th 1917.  For conspicuous bravery and timely initiative.  While guiding a party carrying ammunition and bombs to the front line when they were urgently required, the NCO in charge became a casualty and them scattered, this man collected them, organized the party and was able to reach the destination with the bombs, which were used to dislodge the enemy from our trenches.  Throughout the whole operation this man's sense of duty was most outstanding, time and again he ran the gauntless of heavy shelling with messages from Battalion Headquarters to the front line.

AFW    28-8-17


Nov 3, 1917

Transferred to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred via No 12 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux


Nov 29, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Dec 3, 1917

Discharged from Convalescent Depot to No 3 Rest Camp


Dec 6, 1917

Transferred to No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre and posted to “TB” unit for physical training


Jan 6, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 29, 1918

Admitted to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples with diagnosis of ICT in toe


Jan 31, 1918

Posted to Canadian Labour Pool, but remained in hospital


Apr 9, 1918

Medical Board declares him fit, Category “A”


Apr 19, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to 21st Battalion 

Proceeded to CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 20, 1918

Arrived at CCRC and TOS 21st Battalion


Jul 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Aug 13, 1918

Granted 2 day extension to leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre



Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279743

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Tillsonburg Ontario


Feb 6, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Wolfe St, Tillsonburg Ontario



Above is from the 21st Battalion's Communiqué, July, 1933

Tillsonburg Cemetery
Tillsonburg ON

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