William James Wright





Apr 9, 1893

Born at West Huntingdon Ontario (this village no longer exists, but was close to Ivanhoe Ontario)


Dec 19, 1916

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Sterling Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093162

Ø      Next of kin given as Allan Wright (father) of West Huntingdon Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Note that even though he boarded on May 29, the ship did not sail until June 2, 1917


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 10, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

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


Sep 14, 1917

Left for CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 16, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C at Le Havre France


Nov 6, 1917

Left to join unit


Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The battalion was at Camblain L’Abbe, NW of Arras, and the war diary indicates that 75 reinforcements arrived


Mar 16, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Tonsillitis


Mar 23, 1918

Discharged to duty


Mar 24, 1918

Rejoined battalion from hospital


 Aug 10, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 12, 1918

Wounded by shrapnel in the mouth


Oct 15, 1918

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital.  Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich


Dec 18, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 6, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 24, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on posting to MD (Military District) #3 at Kinmel Park, Rhyl


Feb 19, 1919

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Liverpool



Feb 25, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Feb 28, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company, MD #3, Kingston Ontario


Mar 1, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 14, 1919


Mar 14, 1919

Reported from leave


Mar 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario by reason of Demobilization 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 90776

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Ivanhoe Ontario


Sep 3, 1935




Although the date doesn’t appear in the file, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal were sent to him at the Ivanhoe Ontario PO 


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