William Murray

Jul 26, 1889

Born in Pittsburgh Township, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada (now part of Kingston, Ontario) to John and Jessie (nee Fraser) Murray


Oct 4,1912

Married to Katherine Mullen (nee Blake), a widow, in Kingston, Ontario


Feb 5, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59689 (temporary number 1228)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Katherine Murray, wife, Barriefield, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  Previous military experience given as 5 years in the Ordnance Corps in Kingston

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company

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


Feb 6, 1915

Promoted to the provisional rank of Sergeant and employed as the Armourer Sergeant




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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Armourer Sergeant


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 9, 1915

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade to be employed as an Armourer


Oct 15, 1915

Transferred to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) and attached to the 21st Battalion as the Armourer Sergeant


Dec 27, 1915

Admitted to the Division Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 3, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Apr 9, 1916

Promoted to Armament QMS (Quartermaster Sergeant) and posted to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters


Mar 26, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a slight shrapnel wound to his head.  The wound was bandaged and he was discharged to duty the same day


Aug 25, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 6, 1917

Rejoined the 4th Brigade Headquarters from leave


Feb 20, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Division Armament Workshop


Mar 17, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to the UK


Apr 3, 1918

Rejoined the workshop from leave


Jun 13, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters and proceeded to the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) in Etaples, France


Jun 16, 1918

Proceeded to England and posted to the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Jul 11, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Detachment, Canadian Ordnance Corps in Ashford


Jul 22, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Ordnance Corps Headquarters in Seaford


Apr 24, 1919

Transferred to the Ordnance Corps General Depot in Seaford


May 10, 1919

Placed under arrest by Military Police to await trial on a charge of theft


May 20, 1919

Transferred to Military District No. 3 in Witley, while in custody for pay purposes


May 21, 1919

Tried by Court Martial on a charge of stealing 36,000 rounds of ammunition from the Ordnance Corps

Found Guilty and sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and proceeded to the Wandsworth Prison to serve his sentence


The Wandsworth Military Prison in London



Aug 6, 1919

Released from prison and reported to the General Depot


Aug 8, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Sep 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnekahda in London



Sep 14, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and posted to Disposal Station “B”


Sep 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Armourer Quartermaster Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 393378

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office, Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 182 Rideau St., Kingston, Ontario


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