Frank Hazeldene Williams, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 1, 1894

Born at Eastbourne, Sussex England


Mar 26, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 454612

Ø      Next of kin given as Edward Williams, father, of 59 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Draftsman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp 

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal


Jul 6, 1916

The 59th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jul 13, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with Influenza


Jul 17, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 18, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 27, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting Battalion in France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion at Albert


Sep 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion.  The Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting at Courcellette and Pte Williams would have gone to the rear echelon with the Transport Section some distance behind the fighting.  He would then have joined the main body of the Battalion the following day when they arrived at the Brickfields


Oct 10, 1916

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Herpes Zoster, more commonly called Shingles


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the No 54 RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) Hospital and discharged to duty the same day, and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Mar 26, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge for 2 years of good service


Jul 17, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Farrell 59313, who had been promoted


Aug 18, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace Cpl Berry 59059, who had been promoted


From the 21st Battalion War Diary’s narrative on the attack at Hill 70


Sep 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 14, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


Nov 14, 1917

Admitted to the No 10 CFA diagnosed with Trench Feet


Nov 17, 1917

Transferred to the #8 General Hospital, then the same day was Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Abordonian

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Nov 19, 1917

Admitted to the 2nd Manchester General Hospital, Manchester


Jan 18, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 19, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jan 20, 1918

Reported back to the hospital from being AWL 

In addition to the 2 days pay lost while AWL, he also lost another 2 days pay as punishment


Jan 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford and assigned to “B” Company


Feb 11, 1918

Reported to be AWL at 7.00 pm


Feb 12, 1918

Reported back to the hospital from being AWL at 1.45 pm 

In addition to the 2 days pay lost while AWL, he also lost another 2 days pay as punishment


Feb 19, 1918

Placed on restricted pay at rate of 25¢ per day for 2 months as additional punishment for being AWL on 2 occasions


Mar 12, 1918

Admitted to the Eastern General Hospital at Brighton diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


May 1, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Lance Corporal as being surplus to the establishment


May 27, 1918

Discharged from hospital  

Assessed a pay stoppage at the rate of 50¢ per day and loss of Field Allowance for the 77 days in hospital as punishment for having Gonorrhea


Dec 18, 1918

Admitted to the No 12 Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Mumps


Jan 16, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 19, 1919

Severely reprimanded for being absent from Physical Training Parade


May 7, 1919

Appointed Acting Corporal with pay


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool England


Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Toronto Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 220526

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 41 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto Ontario 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the above address 

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