William Joseph "Bill" Michaud

Feb 14, 1894

Born in Lindsay, Ontario to John and Daisy (nee Senechal) Michaud


Nov 25, 1912

Married to Emily Vera Eves in Belleville, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59657 (temporary number 834)

Ø  Next of kin given as Emily Michaud, wife, 15 North Front St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Insurance Agent

o   Later noted as Locomotive Fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 25th Victoria Rifle Regiment in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “H”” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

Promoted to the rank of Corporal

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


Jan 12, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private


Apr 17, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unrecorded offence


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


Nov 14, 1915

Admitted to the No. 6 Field Ambulance and placed in the 2nd Division Rest Station at Loker, Belgium with a diagnosis that reads Muscular Rheumatism


Nov 22, 1915

Transferred to the North Midlands Rest Station at Mont des Cats, France and Arthritis was added to the diagnosis


Dec 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from the rest station


A first hand account of his fears in his first real combat


Feb 7, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company and his rank was changed to read Sapper, the Engineering equivalent to Private


Sep 30, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 9, 1917

Admitted to the 75th Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Jan 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 9 Corps Scabies Hospital


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the 50th North Casualty Clearing Station


Feb 12, 1917

Transferred via the No. 10 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Wimereux, France with septic sores


Feb 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 25 General Hospital in Hardelot, France and the diagnosis was changed to read ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in the buttocks


Feb 25, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Boulogne, France


Mar 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the No. 3 Large Rest Camp, north of Boulogne


Mar 9, 1917

After leaving the rest camp, he joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Mar 19, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Sapper Michaud rejoined the tunnelling company


Jun 1, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 30, 1917

Admitted to the No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station with a scalp wound


Jul 2, 1917

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Oct 15, 1917

His location came under a gas attack while working near Mount Sorrel in Belgium, and Sapper Michaud suffered exposure it.  There is no record in his file that he received hospital treatment at that time


Oct 19, 1917

Evacuated to a casualty clearing station suffering from the effects of gas exposure


Oct 20, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Oct 22, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital in Norwich

Transferred to the CERD (Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 3, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park


Dec 6, 1917

Transferred to the King’s Red Cross Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park and VDH (Valvular Disease of the Heart) was added to the diagnosis.  This was later called DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart)

On admission he complained of Dyspnoea (shortness of breath), Heart Palpitations, Vertigo, Chest Pain and Fatigue


Dec 19, 1917

Transferred to the Clarence House Hospital


Jan 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until February 9, 1918


Feb 9, 1918

Reported to the CETD (Canadian Engineer Training Depot) on completion of his sick leave


Mar 27, 1918

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Apr 24, 1918

Embarked the SS Aquitania in Liverpool



Apr 29, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 28, 1918

Transferred to the Military District No. 3 AMC (Army Medical Corps) in Kingston

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Complains of dizzy spells and shortness of breath

Ø  Says he cannot walk very fast

Ø  Has swelling of feet and legs

Ø  Heart is slightly enlarged

Ø  Has a slight heart murmur

Ø  His incapacity is rated at 50% and probably permanent

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from military service


Jun 27, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 12 Harriett St., Belleville, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 9 Ridley St., Belleville, Ontario


Feb 4, 1921

William’s wife Emily Vera Michaud died of Acute Nephritis while a patient in the Belleville Ontario Hospital and was interred in the Belleville Cemetery



Jan 24, 1922

Married to Frances Adella Gleason in Belleville, Ontario.  On the marriage licence, he is shown as a widower.

From 1962 to 1973, Bill Michaud acted as the editor of the Communiqué, the battalion’s post war newsletter


Aug 10, 1975

William J. Michaud died in Shannonville, Ontario and was buried in the Belleville Cemetery



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