Private Walter Edward Williams

Private Walter Edward Williams served in the 131st battalion (New Westminster) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He was entitled to the British War Medal and his enlistment number was 790891.

He was born on November 1st, 1871 in Stockton California

Religion : Methodist    Status : married     Trade : bookeeper

Eyes : grey        Hair : getting gray          Height : 5′ 6″

Wife : Marion William (born in 1879)     Address : 420 Nelson street, Vancouver

He had two daughter Garnett, born in 1906, and Ezemfa born in 1902

1881 American census taken in Stockton, San Joaquin, California

Father : J.R. Williams was a druggist and born in 1845 Mother : Ella Williams born in 1852

Sister : Eda Williams born in 1875 Brother : Harry I. Williams born in 1879

Enlisted on April 5th, 1915 in the 131st battalion in New Westminster, British Columbia

November 1st, 1916 : Embarked on SS Caronia in Halifax. Arrived in England on November 11th.

End of November : Transferred to the 30th, 37th, and the 64th battalion.

Private Williams in an example of someone who enlisted in Canada, passed all the medical tests, arrived in England and was returned back to Canada because he was not fit for service. Army recruiter in Canada were under enormous pressure to meet the quota and after the first waves of volunteer became to fell short of new candidates. They did not have enough of young recruits to reach their goals, so some recruiters turned some corners round and gave the OK to many men who should have not received the approval, they were just not fit for service. They closed their eyes on men who would be found inapt to military service once in United Kingdom. The recruiters had met their quotas but it created another problem in United Kingdom.

January 8th, 1917 : Transferred to the British Columbia Regimental Depot

March 13th : He was transferred to Canadian Headquarter and posted as clerk with the senior chaplain. He was probably given the rank of acting Sergeant because his discharge certificate and his gravestone do mention that his rank is acting Sergeant

October 30th  : Transferred back to the British Columbia Regimental Depot

November 17th : He was sent back to Canada and discharged in Victoria, British Columbia on November 30th

September 18th, 1919 : He was admitted to Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver with paralysis to lower limbs

May 20th, 1955 : He died in Saanich, British Columbia at the age of 82. He is buried at the (Old Naval Section) Victoria, H.M.C.S. Naden on Vancouver Island

Picture of Walter Edward Williams gravestone

Picture of Walter Edward Williams British War Medal

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