George Edward Williams



May 4, 1892

Born at Westminster, London England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60068 (temporary number 589)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs C Williams (mother) of Horton Asylum, Epsom Surrey England

o       Note to also notify Mrs L Wilkinson (sister) of Beachcot Weydon Hill Rd, Farnham, Surrey England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      Previous military experience given as Royal Cornwall Garrison Artillery, Padstow England

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Mar 21, 1916

Attached to 2nd Division Engineer Corps for duty


Aug 23, 1916

Returned to duty with the 21st Battalion


Oct 2, 1916

Admitted to No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne with a shrapnel wound to right hand 

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to Bevon Military Hospital, Sandgate,


Oct 12, 1916

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital at Hawkhurst


Nov 4, 1916

Permitted to wear 1 Good Conduct Stripe


Nov 29, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Dec 1, 1916

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Monks Horton


Dec 15, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the Comm Depot at CCAC and attached to CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St Leonard’s for rehabilitation


Feb 13, 1917

Discharged from CCD St Leonard’s and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp


Apr 17, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 5, 1917         Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

What follows is the background as to how the Vimy Cross came to be

 The Vimy Cross is currently housed in a place of Honour in the Kingston Ontario Armouries where the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment holds a Vimy Parade each year to honour those of the 21st Battalion who gave their lives during the battle for Vimy Ridge.  This parade is held annually on the Thursday evening prior to April 9 at 2000 hrs and is open to the public


Dec 31, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 18, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Mar 22, 1919

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) on arriving in England for Demobilization 

Granted leave


Mar 31, 1919

Married with permission at the Parish Church, Padstow, Cornwall 

Wife’s address – Ivy Cottage, Treator, Padstow, Cornwall England


Apr 9, 1919

Ceases to be on leave


May 20, 1919

Ceases to be detailed to the Depot Coy and placed On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Jul 28, 1919

Embarked the RMS Adriatic at Liverpool



Aug 5, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and TOS Halifax Clearing Services Depot


Aug 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      War Service Badge Class A issued No 394733

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – GPO Cornwall Ontario


Jul 9, 1921

On this date, and on Sept 17, 1921, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 217 Cornwall Ontario


Feb 6, 1973

Replacement medals for the 1914-15 Star, BWM and VM were sent to 315 First St, E, Cornwall Ontario


Dec 30, 1987 Died at Cornwall Ontario and buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery there


Then- 1915  -  Now 1958


November 11, 1968 at Cornwall Ontario


The above photo was taken in 1974 and note that he still fits into his uniform

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