Wilson William Terwilligar

Dec 20, 1898

Born in Prince Edward County, Ontario to Clarence Augustus and Dora Eugene (nee Morrison) Terwilligar


Nov 28, 1916

Attested into the 254th Battalion CEF in Wellington, Ontario

Ø  Number 1093058

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Dora Terwilligar, mother, Wellington, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Belleville area


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jul 5, 1917

Admitted to the Ravens Croft Military Hospital in Seaford with a diagnosis that reads Measles


Jul 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 26, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 11 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 30, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Terwilligar joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Nov 20, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he joined the 21st Battalion resting in billets in Camblain L’Abbe, France and was posted to “B” Company


Aug 8, 1918

During the battalion’s attack on the village of Marcelcave, France the losses were heavy and Private Wilson William Terwilligar was reported as missing in action.  His body was later found and the report was changed to read killed in action on this date. 

Buried in the Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers Bretonneux, France



Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Dora Terwilligar, RR #1 Hillier, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Clarence Terwilligar, at the same address


Wilson William Terwilligar is honoured on the Picton, Ontario War Memorial



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