William Worden

Sep 30, 1888

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England to William and Helen Worden


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 171243

Ø  Next of kin given as Helen Worden, mother, 46 Clifton St, Blackburn, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in 1st East Lancashire Militia

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Initial training was carried out at the Niagara Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario from August 1915 to April 25, 1916 when the battalion moved to the Riverdale Barracks in Toronto


Sep 25, 1915

The 1st Regimental Draft embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec



Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Nov 10, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital, Shorncliffe, with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 30, 1915

Transferred to the Barnwell Hospital, Cambridge


Dec 31, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 20, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Orchitis


Jan 24, 1916

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge


Feb 10, 1916

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital and discharged to duty


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Worden joined the 21st Battalion at the front


Jun 14, 1916

While in the front line 33 to 38 trenches near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, the battalion came under an artillery attack and Private William Worden was killed in that action.  He was later buried in the Bedford House British Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Worden, 47 Clifton St., Blackburn, Lancashire, England


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