William Angus McIntosh

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 27, 1894

Born in Peterborough, Ontario to Angus and Emily (nee Fisher) McIntosh


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59725 (temporary number 548)

Ø      Next of kin given as A. McIntosh, father, 469 Cedar St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Mar 11, 1915

Proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec to take the Armourer’s Course


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 to continue training


Aug 9, 1915

Appointed to the position of Armourer Corporal and transferred to “B” Company.  He was later transferred back to “C” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

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


The letter below was printed in the Peterborough Examiner, 17, 1916

May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 31, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 15, 1916

During severe fighting at Courcelette, the 21st Battalion made an advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery.  Corporal McIntosh was killed during that advance and was buried in a nearby field.  When the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission exhumed his body and reburied his remains in the Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Angus McIntosh, 469 Cedar St., Peterborough, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. A McIntosh, at the same address


Corporal McIntosh is also honoured on the Peterborough War Memorial

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