Norman Wilson

Apr 6, 1891

Born in Kingston, Ontario


Jun 24, 1913

Shown as N.W. Wilson on the payroll of “B” Company, 47th Frontenac Regiment with the rank of Corporal


Nov 27, 1914

Attested into the 5th Field Company Canadian Engineers CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 313

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lucy Wilson, wife, 10 Rideau St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 47th Frontenac Regiment with the rank of Corporal

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jan 1, 1915

Transferred to the 2nd Signal Company, 2nd Division, Canadian Engineers and rank shown as Sapper


Mar 1, 1915

Rank shown as Driver


Apr 8, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


May 14, 1915

Embarked the SS Megantic in Montreal, Quebec



May 24, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked for France at Folkestone with the 4th Brigade


Sep 15, 1915

Arrived in France with the 2nd Division Signal Company


Jan 14, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Strained Right Knee


Jan 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance at Locre (Loker), Belgium


Jan 18, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 7, 1916

Placed in custody to await Court Martial


Oct 6, 1916

Tried by FGCM (Field General Court Martial) for the charge of “while on active service, conduct to the prejudice to the good order of military discipline in that he did use language in the presence of an officer likely to spread discontent among the men present.”

He was found guilty and sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1


Jan 10, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 24, 1917

Rejoined his unit from leave


Mar 31, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for “while on active service neglecting to clean and keep his harness in proper condition.”


May 26, 1917

Admitted to No. 8 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis. 


May 29, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Field Ambulance Rest Station


Jun 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and rejoined the signal company


Jun 11, 1917

Sentenced to 9 days Field Punishment #1 for

Ø  While on active service

o   Absent from stables from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm, June 10, 1917

o   Absent from stables from 6:15 am to 7:15 am June 11, 1917


Jul 27, 1917

After leaving the signals company, Private Wilson joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France


Aug 11, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 12, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion and joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from the base depot.  Rank changed to read Private


Aug 21, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Norman Wilson joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois, France


Nov 4, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever with no known cause.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred via the No. 12 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 54 General Hospital in Wimereux


Dec 1, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Edmonton General Military Hospital, London

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


Dec 8, 1917

Surgery performed to amputate the 3rd finger of his left hand due to a severe laceration


Dec 19, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Depot in Bearwood Park, Wokingham to continue his recovery


Jan 8, 1918

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot in Seaford


Feb 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 22, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Otitis Media, an ear infection


May 13, 1918

Transferred to the EORD and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jun 27, 1918

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 4, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

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


Sep 11, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Wilson rejoined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve on the Droucourt Queant Line, near Cagnicourt, France as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements


Oct 11, 1918

The battalion was part of the attack on the town of Iwuy, France and met with fierce opposition that including facing German tanks.  The losses were heavy and Private Norman Wilson was killed in action.  His remains were buried in the Niagara Cemetery, south of Iwuy.


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. L. Wilson, 303½ Earl St., Kingston, Ontario


These newspaper articles show that mistakes were made at times with
the notification of families



Norman Wilson is honoured on a plaque in Kingston’s City Hall (above)
and on the Kingston, Ontario Memorial Wall (below)



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