Cecil John Wannamaker

Jun 23, 1896

Born in Frankford, Ontario to Marshall John and Catherine “Katie” (nee Smith) Wannamaker


Dec 6, 1907

Cecil’s father Marshall, died in Frankford, Ontario


Jun 22, 1914

Shown on “C” Company 49th Hastings Rifles Regiment roll attending training at Camp Petawawa, Ontario


May 12, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Frankford, Ontario

Ø  Number 637135

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Katie Wannamaker, mother, Frankford, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 19, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Wannamaker joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Feb 22, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches west of Vimy Ridge


May 9, 1917

While Private Cecil was in the front line trench south of Arras,  he was killed during an enemy artillery barrage and buried in a field behind the lines.  When the war ended, his remains could not be located and his name was placed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France


Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his cousin, Miss Pearl Wannamaker, Frankford, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross (below) were sent to his mother, Mrs. Kate Wannamaker, at the same address



Cecil John Wannamaker is remembered on the
War Memorial in Frankford, Ontario



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