Harry Wilson, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the file


May 8, 1900

Born at Winnipeg Manitoba


Jan 6, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Trenton Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093229

Ø      Next of kin given as Annabelle Wilson, mother, of Trenton Ontario

Ø      Pervious occupation given as Brakeman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

Note that he lied about his age, giving his birth year as 1898, making him only 17 years of age on enlistment


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 4, 1917

Sentenced to 1 day detention for being absent from the 9.00 am parade


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Seaford Camp


Jun 10, 1917

The 254th Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 13, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 14, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Dec 2, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at the Suburban Camp carrying out training exercises and was assigned to “B” Company


Apr 8, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA diagnosed with ICT (inter-connective tissue infection) of the left foot 

He was transferred the same day to the No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 10, 1918

Transferred via No 14 AT (Ambulance Train)


Apr 11, 1918

Admitted to the No 9 USA General Hospital at Rouen


Apr 19, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle

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


Apr 20, 1918

Admitted to the No 4 Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke


Jun 25, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Aug 15, 1918

Ceased to be On Command to the CCD and joined the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 4, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at the 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C at Aubin St Vaast


Sep 11, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve on the Drocourt Line.  He was part of a draft of 50 Other Ranks arriving from the CC Rein C


Nov 21, 1918

The 21st Battalion’s War Diary announced that Pte Wilson was to be awarded the Military Medal.  No mention is made of which action this was for, nor of the deeds performed.


Feb 26, 1919

Admitted to the No 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is simply a fever without a known cause


Feb 28, 1919

Transferred to No 4 CFA


Mar 1, 1919

Transferred to the No 53 CCS and the diagnosis is changed to read Tonsillitis


Mar 13, 1919

Transferred to No 48 CCS then transferred to the No 7 Stationary Hospital and the diagnosis was changed to read Laryngitis


Mar 17, 1919

Invalided to England and posted to the EORD while in hospital


Mar 18, 1919

Admitted to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington


Apr 4, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford 

On discharge, he was granted sick leave until April 16, 1919


Apr 16, 1919

Reported to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 25, 1919

Posted to MD Wing #2 at Kinmel Park Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Saturnia at Glasgow Scotland


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


May 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto  

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 198940

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 2175 Gerrard St East, Toronto Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31430


Jan 23, 1923

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 478-A Clendenan Ave, Toronto Ontario 

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