William Henry Warwick



Oct 29, 1860

Born in Oxford, England


Nov 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

      Number 60034 (temporary number 604)

      No next of kin given on attesting

o       Next of kin was later stated as Mrs. Nellie Warwick, wife, 16 Mazenod Avenue, West Hampstead, England

      Previous occupation given as Clerk

      Previous military experience given as 10 years in the Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers

      Religion given as Church of England

      Assigned as the CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

He did not list his birth year on attesting as he would have been too old for service at the age of 54. 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Dec 4, 1914

Appointed to the rank of Colour Sergeant


May 4, 1915

Reduced to rank of Private by a District Court Martial and transferred to the Depot Company.  The Offence is not recorded in either the file or the Part II Orders


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

Rank on embarkation is shown as Colour Sergeant


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


May 20, 1915

Transferred to the 2nd Division Headquarters and attached to the Division Staff at St. Martin’s Plain


May 24, 1915

Attached to the 30th Battalion for pay and rations purposes while employed as a Clerk with 2nd Division Headquarters at St Martin’s Plain


Jun 2, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Sub Staff at West Sandling for duty as a Clerk.  His rank is shown as Acting Sergeant


Aug 28, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion at West Sandling.  His rank is shown as Private


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 4, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters for duty


Jul 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with defective vision


Jul 25, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

There is no entry in the file as to when he was dischared to duty


Dec 23, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 4, 1917

Rejoined 2nd Division HQ from leave


Jan 13, 1917

Proceeded to England for duty with the Canadian Training Depot, Shorncliffe.  His rank is shown as Private


Jan 14, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the HQ OMFC (Headquarters Overseas Military Force of Canada) for duty in London


Apr 1, 1917

Graded for pay as Sergeant Clerk in London


Sep 8, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes, but remained attached to the OMFC


Dec 14, 1917

Posted permanently to the OMFC in London


Oct 5, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Staff Sergeant and graded for pay as Staff Sergeant Clerk while so employed


Dec 6, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Jul 17, 1919

Medical Board at Argyll House, London makes note of his defective vision, named Myopic Astigmatism with an unknown cause.  He can read without glasses, but cannot distinguish objects at a distance and has glasses for that purpose. 

He claimed that a can of cement (glue) had exploded when placed on a heat source in June of 1915 and sprayed him in the face.


Oct 11, 1919

Graded for pay as Staff Quartermaster Sergeant Clerk


Feb 29, 1920

Posted to the CEF Detachment HQ in London for duty


Jun 26, 1920

Posted for duty with the War Graves Service in France


Jan 1, 1921

Returned to England and posted to the Canadian General List, District No. 8


Mar 31, 1921

Discharged from the CEF in England

      Rank on discharge Staff Sergeant

      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

      Address on discharge 27 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, England

Following the war the 1914-15-Star, British War Medal (shown below) and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 27 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, England.

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