William Wesley Charles McKim

May 29, 1892

Born in Hastings County, Ontario to George Wesley and Salina (nee Richards) McKim


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59732 (temporary number 595)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. G.W. McKim, 769 Water St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   Later posted to the Signals Section

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 6, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Feb 16, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 20, 1915

Attached to the 4th Brigade Cycle Company for duty


Jun 17, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Furunculosis (a boil) in his ear.  He was transferred the same day to the Division Rest Station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance


Jun 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jun 24, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front near Verbrande Molen, Belgium on the Ypres Salient


Nov 16, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 12, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 1, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Sep 11, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Nov 30, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 16, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 2, 1918

During the night of April 1-2, the 21st Battalion was in the process of being relieved from the front line north-west of Neuville Vitasse, France when William McKim received a shrapnel wound to his buttocks and was evacuated to the No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 20 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Apr 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 2/1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Rd., Birmingham

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


Jun 4, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom

X-Ray shows that a piece of shrapnel remains near the head of the femur that is likely causing the pain and discomfort


Aug 12, 1918

Discharged from hospital with 10 days sick leave and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Aug 22, 1918

Reported to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot for physical therapy


Nov 27, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot


Dec 16, 1918

Attached to Military District No. 3 Wing in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool



Dec 30, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 3 Casualty Company and granted leave until January 14, 1919


Jan 27, 1919

X-Ray taken at Queen’s University Hospital shows a ¼ in by ¼ in piece of shrapnel near the top of the left femur


Jan 30, 1919

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia

Notes on admission show that he suffers from dizzy spells, feels weak and sweats profusely on exertion.  He has headaches and terrifying dreams that disturbs his sleep.  He has nausea after eating, and pain in the left lumbar area from his shrapnel wound.  He also has a moderate tremor of his fingers when extended


Feb 10, 1919

Transferred to the No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario


Feb 11, 1919

Admitted to the Davisville Military Hospital in Toronto


Apr 12, 1919

Medical exam notes that patient suffers from occasional dizzy spells and headaches. 


May 21, 1919

Discharged from hospital to duty with the Casualty Company at the Park School in Toronto


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 284779

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 756 George St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Entitled to 1 Gold Wound Stripe

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Hearst, Ontario


Nov 4, 1931

Married to Sarah Ann Lockie in Peterborough, Ontario


May 27, 1949

William Wesley Charles McKim died in the Peterborough Civic Hospital of Cancer of the small intestine


William Wesley Charles McKim is remembered on the Wall of Honour
in Peterborough, Ontario



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