Private William John Small served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His War Service Badge Army Class A # 260720
1881 : United Kingdom census 58 High Street, Portishead, Somerset, England
Father : Samuel Small (carpenter) born in 1849
Mother : Mary Small (dressmaker) born in 1851
1901 United Kingdom census taken at High street, Portishead, North Somerset
He was a journeyman carpenter
Father : Samuel Small (carpenter) born 1849 Mother : Mary Small born in 1851
Brother : Herbert H. (journeyman) born in 1883
Brother : Frederick A born in 1888 Sister : Ethel born in 1897
Born on September 23rd 1880 in Portishead Somerset, England Trade: Car builder
Religion: Church of England Civil status: Married Height: 5′ 9″
Eyes: Grey Hair: Brown Weight: 168 lbs.
Name of his wife : Hilda Small
June 25th 1915 : Enlisted in London, Ontario in the Canadian Army Medical Corps Reinforcement Depot 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital
August 1st : Sailed to Malta then to Alexandria en route to the Aegean sea.
August 16th : Reached the port of Mudros on the Greek island of Lemnos.
The hospital was part of a relief effort sent to help overcrowded Anzac medical services which could not take the large influx of wounded soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. The Canadian Hospital was hastily sent to the island and they were not prepared to served under these conditions. It needed two nurses to change a patient wound dressing, one to change the dressing and one to fan out the flies of the wound (no joke here). Excessive heat and poor sanitary conditions were the contributing factors at spreading disease. Many of its members felt hill to disentry, some even died on the island.
August 22nd : The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital became operational on the island and they received their first patient at 10:00 am. He served with Mary Catherine English, Mary Frances Elizabeth Munro, Mabel Clint
February 5th 1916 : The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital left the Island of Mudros and arrived in Alexandria, Egypt on February 8th.
March 26th : The unit sailed from Egypt to England on the HMS Valdivia, transferred on the the HMS Britannic in Port Augusta, Sicily on March 28th and reached South Hampton, England on April 7th.
They were then put on another ship and sent to Havre, France where they arrived on April 8th. The unit was then taken by truck and lorries to Boulogne, France where they established their base.
November 4th : On leave. Returned on November 23rd
December 20th, 1917 : On leave. Returned on January 5th.
March 3rd, 1919 : Proceeded to England
April 16th : Embarked on S.S. Belgic. Arrived in Halifax on April 23rd.
April 25th : Discharged
June 3rd : Awarded the Meritorious Services Medal for valuable services rendered with the armies in France and in Flanders (London Gazette 31370)
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Private William John Small 1914-15 Star