William Milligan

Mar 2, 1880

Born in Newburgh, Ontario


Sep 15, 1902

Married to Jessie Elizabeth Arney in Napanee, Ontario


Apr 19, 1910

The 1910 USA Census shows William Milligan living in Brownville, New York with his wife Jessie and 3 children.  His occupation is listed as Stone Mason


Feb 24, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59663 (temporary number 1250)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. Zack Milligan, father, Newburgh, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

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

At the time of attesting, William Milligan stated he was a widower and had a pay assignment made out to Mr. John Reid, Clayton, New York as the Guardian of his children


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 14, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Jun 22, 1915

Posted to the Regimental Military Police for duty


Aug 17, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Aug 21, 1915

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Varicose Veins

He was discharged to duty the same day


Aug 28, 1915

Medical Board held at West Sandling noted that he suffered from Varicose Veins and declared him fit for light duty only.  Surgery was recommended, but the patient declined.

The board recommended that he be returned to Canada


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion proceeded to Folkestone where they embarked for France but Private Milligan remained behind for medical reasons


Sep 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Sep 26, 1915

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Nov 28, 1915

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Delivery, Kingston, Ontario

In January of 1927 the British War Medal was delivered to his widow, Mrs. Annie Milligan in Railton, Ontario.  This was returned the following month with no explanation recorded in the file.




Oct 23, 1921

William Milligan died of Cardiac Failure while a patient of the Sydenham St. Hospital in Kingston, Ontario.  He was buried in the Sydenham Methodist Cemetery, Sydenham, Ontario.  His death was reported by his widow, Mrs. Annie Milligan, Railton, Ontario



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