Arthur Frederick Willison



Sep 12, 1897

Born at Collingwood Ontario 

The 1901 Census has his birth date as Sept 9, 1897, while the 1911 Census has his birth date as Sept 1898


Aug 3, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at the Niagara Camp, at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario 

Ø     Number 141814

Ø     Next of kin given as Mr Charles A Willison (father) of Pine St., Collingwood Ontario

Ø     Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Church of England


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian at Montreal


Date and port of disembarkation is not readable in the file


Nov 4, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 19, 1917

Embarked for France


Feb 21, 1916

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


Mar 11, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Mar 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Billets at La Clytte, having been relieved from the N & O Trenches the night before


Jun 20, 1916

Awarded 28 days FP #2 (Field Punishment No 2) for neglect of duty


Oct 8, 1916

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred same day to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) – diagnosis NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Oct 11, 1916

Transferred via No 14 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever. 

This was a common diagnosis for what we now call Trench Fever


Oct 19, 1916

At duty with Battalion from hospital


Nov 18, 1916

Admitted to No 1 Convalescent Hospital at Boulogne with ICT (Inter-Connective Tissue) infection to fingers of right hand


Nov 19, 1916

Declared “Fit” and discharged to Base Details at Boulogne


Nov 22, 1916

Arrived at CBD at Havre and declared “Class A”, which is fit for duty


Nov 24, 1916

Left CBD to join the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Nov 28, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the field


Mar 5, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 9, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal


May 9, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal


Aug 15, 1917          Killed in Action at Hill 70  

From the 21st Battalion War Diary

Our casualties totaled one officer killed, one died of wounds, twelve wounded, thirty eight other ranks killed, one hundred and ninety six wounded and twenty-three missing.

Because his body was either never found, or never identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Vimy Ridge France


Jan 6, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to his father, Charles Willison, Box 1077 Collingwood Ontario


Arthur Willison is commemorated on the Cenotaph at Collingwood Ontario
Thank you to John Sargeant for the above photo

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