William Munro

Jul 14, 1888

Born in Banff, Scotland to Peter and Annie Innes (nee Watson) Munro


Dec 20, 1915

Attested into the 126th Battalion CEF in Brampton, Ontario

Ø  Number 775525

Ø  Next of kin given as Annie Munro, mother, Palgrave, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

His brother, George Watson Munro, joined the same battalion 3 weeks later


Jun 1, 1916

Admitted to the Niagara Camp Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jun 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 30, 1916

Admitted to the Victoria Convalescent Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario with a suspected case of Tuberculosis and was transferred to the Casualty Company while in hospital


Jul 26, 1916

Transferred to the Kapuskasing, Ontario hospital and the diagnosis was changed to read Bronchitis


Aug 2, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and rejoined the battalion


Aug 14, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Aug 24, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the 116th Battalion in Bramshott to continue his training


Dec 12, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 13, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Feb 26, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench west of Vimy Ridge


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, Private Munro received shrapnel wounds to his right hip and was evacuated to the No. 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 1 CFA


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux and placed on the dangerously ill list


May 22, 1917

Private William Munro died of his wounds at the No. 32 Stationary Hospital and was buried in the nearby Wimereux Communal Cemetery


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Peter Munro, Palgrave, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Munro, at the same address


Aug 21, 1917

His brother George was killed in action while serving with the 18th Battalion

The brothers are honoured in a family plot in Morningside Cemetery, Palgrave, Ontario



The Munro brothers are also honoured on the Caledon, Ontario War Memorial


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