Private William John Small

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

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