William Murray

Jul 12, 1864

Born in Guelph, Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59691 (temporary number 1106)

Ø  Next of kin given as Kathleen Murray, wife, 25 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario

o   Later noted as Katherine Murray

Ø  Previous occupation given as Teamster

o   Later noted as Coachman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 6 years in Canadian Field Artillery and 1 year in the Ordnance Corps

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   Later posted to the Transport Section

He lied about his age, stating he was born 10 years earlier in 1874.

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


Dec 4, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The remainder of the battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 12, 1915

The Transport Section, along with the Machine Gun Section and part of the Signal Section embarked for France as an advance party for the battalion. 




Sep 15, 1915

The main body of the 21st Battalion disembarked in Boulogne, France and joined up with the advance party and proceeded to St. Omer


Jul 3, 1916

Transferred to the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade Sub Staff and proceeded to England

L/Col WSP Hughes announced 10 days later, July 13, 1916, that he had been promoted to Brig/Gen and was leaving the battalion to take command of the 10th Brigade in England


Aug 10, 1916

The 10th Brigade Headquarters proceeded to France with the 4th Canadian Division


Jan 8, 1917

Admitted to the King George Hospital in London while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Hydrocele

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 19, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Feb 23, 1917

Transferred to the West Cliff Eye and Ear Hospital.  After eye tests, glasses were ordered to correct defective vision


Mar 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Mar 29, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) in Purfleet

He was then attached to the CAI & RD (Canadian Ammunition Inspection and Repair Depot) for duty


May 5, 1917

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


May 12, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



May 21, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


May 26, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Man suffers from defective vision, a contusion to his right knee and is over age

Ø  His vision is slightly improved with glasses

Ø  His right knee becomes swollen and painful when he walks any distance.  Claims he was kicked by a horse in France

Ø  Has varicose veins in his right leg that appeared after he was injured by the kick from the horse

Ø  Board recommends he receive treatment at a convalescent home

Proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Home


May 30, 1917

To be treated as an Out Patient of the Richardson Convalescent Home in Kingston


Jun 23, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes that an elastic stocking has been provided for his Synovitis in right knee and the Varicose Veins.  The board recommends he be discharged from service with a 1/5th disability


Sep 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 25 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 25 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario


May 30, 1941

William Murray died in Kingston as reported by his widow, Mrs. Ida Murray, 35 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario


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