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Captain William Hall White K.C. – UPDATED

I happened to find a small biography book on this gentleman. He was quite a character and an adventurer. He was not afraid to go where not too many Canadians of his generation went. He lived by the definition of a “true adventurer” The book is available at Shoreline Press.

Captain William Hall White served with the Battleford Column during the military expedition against Louis Riel and with Canadian Army Pay Corps during World War One. He is entitled to the North West Campaign Medal and the British War Medal.

He was born on April 29th, 1856 in Hamilton, Ontario. He had 9 brothers and sisters.

He entered Upper Canada College in 1873. He went to the University of Toronto and was called at the Bar in 1882 and then he headed to Winnipeg. He invested in the real estate booming there but lost all his money. He then moved to Brandon, Manitoba where he arrived on April 2nd, 1882.

He had received a land grant for a piece of land near Piles O’Bones River which later would become Regina. Arriving there on May 20th, 1882, he though his land was not the greatest one and moved to another place. The land he was granted was to be sold for 1 000 000 $ in 1898.

He was named Chief Commissioner of the Board of Commerce of Canada

William White 1881

Whitte 1881

North West Campaign 1885

On May 24th 1885 he left his partnership in his law firm and enlisted with the Battleford Column in Birtle, Manitoba. He was appointed a Major. His residence was in Ottawa and he claimed his medal on April 2nd. The Battleford Column was part of the Birtle Infantry Company. The unit was composed of 46 members and their mission was to bring supply to Colonel Otter’s force.

Battleford Column

Battleford Column

He married Frances Cholerton on March 23rd, 1884 in the North West Territories

1886: He was appointed Census Commissioner for the Provisional District of Eastern Assiniboine (south Saskatchewan)

1887: He was appointed crown Prosecutor for nine towns in Saskatchewan

He moved to Slocan City, British Columbia in 1897 and just after 6 months moved to Victoria.

His son Richard White was born on December 5th, 1893

His daughter Phyllis Maude was born on February 14th, 1896 in Winnipeg Canada.

He was a candidate for the 1898 provincial election in the Revelstoke District against James L. Kellie, he lost by just a few votes.

After a business trip to London, he was sent to Dawson City to investigate the action of the local manager of the trading and Exploring Company, a British based company which was doing some mining and merchandizing in Yukon.

He moved to Skagway Alaska in March of 1899. He lived in the Klondike for 5 years.

According to the 1901 census he was in Unorganized territories (Steamers) “Canadian, Selkirk, Nora” (Yukon), while his family was in Toronto Ward No. 4, York West, Ontario

He left the Klondike in the fall of 1904 and moved back to Vancouver, British Columbia

World war one

His address: «The Angela» Victoria, British Columbia. He was a lawyer in Yukon, his medical file mention of his semi-sedentary life.

Spouse: Frances Louisa White            Address: 129 Westbourne Terrace, London West , England

Trade: barrister at law             Religion: Church of England     Status: divorced

Height: 5′ 5″      Eyes: grey       Hair: grey         Weight: 170 lbs.

May 23rd, 1916: He enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in the 143rd battalion (Railway construction

Battalion) as a Paymaster Officer with the Canadian Army Pay Corps. He was named Honorary Captain.

Captain William White in his WW1 uniform with his North West Campaign ribbon


February 17th, 1917: Sailed from Canada on board the ship SS Southland, he arrived in England on February 27th.

March 23rd: He was transferred to the 24th Reserve battalion

March 5th to the 19th: He was hospitalized for bronchitis at the Military Hospital in Purfleet

May 20th: He ceased to be attached to the 24th Reserve Battalion

May 2nd: He was taken on strength with the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion

June 7th: All paymasters with the C.E.F. who have been gazetted to hold honorary rank are granted temporary rank from the original date of their honorary rank. (London Gazette 30118)

September 20th: Ceased to be attached to the 1st Canadian Reserve battalion

September 25th: Transferred as a paymaster at the 4th Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke.

He was hospitalized from the 10th to 27th of January 1918 at the 4th Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke for asthma cause by bronchitis.

He was hospitalized from the 14th to the 17th of February at the Canadian Red Cross Officer Hospital in London West (17 North Audley Street) for bronchitis.

July 15th: 5 days leave

February 18th, 1919: Sent to Canada to be a paymaster. Arrived in Canada on February 21st. Transferred at the #2 District Depot (Toronto) Canadian Army Pay Corps, he was posted there until June 10th 1919.

He was transferred to Clearing station Service Command in Quebec where he was posted from June 11th to August 20th, 1919.

He was demobilized on August 20th.

His son-in-law, James Stanley Beatty, received the DFC during WW1

He died on at the age on June 1st, 1948 in Toronto. He was survived by his wife, France, who died on August 7th, 1956. She was the last officer spouse of a Riel Campaign veteran who was still receiving a pension cheque at that time.

Warrant-Officer Francis John Waddel

Warrant-Officer Francis John Waddel served with Canadian Army Ordinance Corps during World War One. He is entitled to the British War medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal and Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He was born on May 1, 1882 in Chatham, Kent, England.

He enlisted with the Canadian Ordnance Corps on July 19, 1912 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He named his next-of-kin as his mother, Winifred Waddell of Chatham, England, stating that he had 8 years’ previous military service with the Army Ordnance Corps (May 1903 to May 1911), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Soldier.

He was appointed Lance Corporal on October 1, 1914, leaving for service in England shortly thereafter and was taken on strength from Canada at Ashford, Kent, England on February 1, 1915.

Eighteen days later, he signed his CEF Attestation Paper with the Canadian Ordnance Corps on February 19, 1915 at Salisbury, England.

He was promoted the following month, to Corporal on March 1st and re-engaged for a further period of three years’ general service with the Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford, Kent on July 19, 1915.

He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on October 1, 1915, to Staff Sergeant on February 2, 1916, Sergeant on April 1, 1916 and to Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant on June 1, 1916.

He proceeded to Liphook on command for temporary duty on July 20, 1916, later on command at Crowborough from November 15 to 17, 1916, then proceeded to Pluckley on command from January 19 to 29, 1917, before returning to No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford.

He was granted permission to marry Edith Randall on April 26, 1917 at Ashford. Together they had two children: Francis William who was born on May 15, 1918 while at Ashford, the other is unnamed in his records.

He was to be Acting Sub Conductor (Warrant Officer, Class I) with pay and allowances on February 4, 1918 and signed his Re-Engagement Paper on July 22, 1918, re-engaging for three years’ service at Ashford, Kent, later being named Acting Conductor on August 1st.

He was transferred from No. 1 Detachment at Ashford and was placed on command to No. 2 Detachment at Ashford on May 21, 1919.

He was awarded his Meritorious Service Medal, in recognition of valuable service rendered in connection with the war on June 13, 1919. He ceased to be on command at No. 2 Detachment on rejoining No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at Liphook on June 18th. He was then placed on command to No. 7 Detachment COC at Witley on June 23rd, saw a promotion to Staff Sergeant on August 18th, then struck off strength of No. 7 Detachment to No. 2 Canadian Ordnance Corps at Liphook on December 31st.

Waddell was struck off strength to No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at London on February 1, 1920 and by the end of the month, was struck off strength of No. 1 COC on transfer to Canada and attached to the CEF in England on February 29th.

The following day, he was taken on strength from the Overseas Military Forces of Canada at London on March 1st to overseas detachment. He was to remain in England for next six months, before being struck off strength of the overseas detachment to Canada for further duty, embarking on the S.S. Grampian and arriving in Canada on September 29, 1920 and was discharged in Ottawa on October 1st, stating his proposed residence as Halifax, Nova, Scotia. He never went to France so he is not entitled to the Victory Medal.

He signed his Permanent Force of Canada Attestation Paper with the 6th Detachment of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps at Halifax on October 15, 1920.

He was listed as Category A (General Service). He saw a provisional promotion to Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant at Halifax on November 20th, then reverted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 1, 1921.

He was discharged on July 18, 1922 as a Staff Sergeant at Halifax, “In consequence of his service being no longer required”, with his conduct noted as “Exemplary”.

For his long service, Waddell was awarded the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He and his wife later moved back to England, settling in Ashford where he died on January 26, 1979, at Ashford, County Kent, at the age of 96, his death attributed to a combination of cardiac failure in conjunction with myocardial degeneration, along with carcinoma of his bladder. He had also been diagnosed with senility and dementia.

Stoker Bertrand Wallace Watson

Stoker Bertrand Wallace Watson served in the Royal Navy during Wolrd War One. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on April 6th, 1889 in Vealston, Devonshire

Trade : Farm labourer        Height : 5’ 4’’

July 20th, 1902 : He enlisted in Devonport in the Royal Navy

September 4th, 1907 to August 6th, 1910 : He was posted on the HMS Defiance (torpedo school ship)

October 10th, 1907 : He was promoted Stoker 3rd class

August 7th 1910 to February 13, 1911 : He was posted on the HMS Cornwall (armoured cruiser)

February 14th, 1911 to May 11th, 1911 : He was posted on the HMS Vivid

July 20th, 1912 to November 22nd, 1912 : He was promoted Stoker 2nd class and posted on the HMS Vivid

November 13th, 1912 to November 16th, 1915 : He was posted on the HMS New Zealand (battleship part of the 1st battle cruiser squadron)

August 21st, 1913 : He was promoted Stoker 1st class

Battle of Heligoland Bight : August 28th, 1914 and

Battle of Dogger Bank : January 15th, 1915

November 17th, 1915 to December 16th, 1915 : He was posted on the HMS Vivid

December 17th to June 30th, 1917 : He was posted  on the HMS Isis (Protected cruiser)

September 5th, 1917 to January 31st, 1918 : He was posted  on the HMS Leander

February 1st to July 9th : He was posted on HMS Vivid

July 10th to October 31st : He was posted on the HMS Eagle (aircraft carrier)

September 17th, 1920 to July 18th, 1922 : He was posted on the HMS Constance (Light cruiser)

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Pictures source : Imperial War Museum

Private P J Walsh and Staff-Sergeant G J Richards

Private P J Walsh served in Palestine before and in WW2 with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He is entitled to the General Service Medal (clasp Palestine)  1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Medal. His enlistment number 7260934

He served in Palestine in 1939. He was stationed at Reception Station in Jerusalem

He served in Europe and in North-Africa during WW2

According to the medals roll, he received his General Service Medal in 1959 which is consistent with the wide shoulder suspension of the medal and it lists him as a sergeant.

Staff-Sergeant G J Richards served during WW2 and in the Malaya Campaign in the 1950 with Royal Army Medical Corps. He is entitled to the 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence medal, War Medal, the General Service Medal (clasp Malaya) and the Efficiency Medal (bar Territorial). His enlistment number was 7356346.

Served in Burma during WW2

A period of 12 years of service is needed to get the Efficiency Medal (war time count for double if he was in the army before the war started). He received his EM between 1937 and 1948, probably received it shortly after WW2 at the latest. The EM Geo VI type 1 was issued before 1948.

Served in Malaya, probably between 1950-1953 (Geo VI type 2), and his GSM is a late issue (wide shoulder suspension), he was probably out of the army by then.

Captain Lancelot Rodney Warn

Captain Lancelot Rodney Warn served as a Captain in the 30th and 16th battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He first enlisted as a Private and was given the service number 77373. Also his British War Medal is named A. CAPT. L. R. WARN., meaning that he was not a “full” Captain but rather an Acting Captain.

Born on June 18th, 1881 in Southampton, England

Trade : broker      Religion :  Church of England     Status : single

Height : 5′ 9″   Eyes : blue      Hair : dark brown

1891 census (United Kingdom) listed in the census

1901 census (Canadian census) : He was a waiter in Winnipeg, Canada

He enlisted on November 9th, 1914 in the 30th battalion in Victoria, British Columbia

February 23rd, 1915  :Sailed from Halifax on SS Megantic

April 26th : Arrived in France. Taken on strength with the 16th battalion

November 11th : To be acting corporal

December 10th : Granted 7 days leave

January 17th, 1916 : Proceeded to England for a commission with the 16th battalion

February 2nd  : To be Lieutenant

February 14th : Transferred to the 17th Reserve battalion

February 24th : Transferred to the 30th Reserve battalion

April 21st : Attached to Pioneer training Depot. April 25th : Relieved to attend officer course

March 14th : Appointed Temporary Captain

March 13th, 1918 : He was Brought to the Notice of the Secretary of war for valuable service rendered in connection with the war. Published in the London Times on March 16th

May 1st : To be an instructor

January 9, 1919 : To be attached to headquarter in London

February 4th, : Died at Burdon military hospital in Heymouth from enteric fever. Buried at Southampton Old  cemetery section 49 G. 4. (Hampshire)

Book of Rememberance with Captain Warn name (left column 5th name from the top)

Medals sent to his brother Stanley H Warn 365 Water street Vancouver British Columbia

Plaque sent on August 1922 to his eldest brother Fareham House, Victoria Road Northwich, Cheshire, England. No one entitled to the Memorial Cross

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Captain Lancelor Rodney Warn British War Medal

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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Private Charles Waterston

Private Charles Waterston served in the 238th battalion (Ottawa) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal only. His service number was 1035101. Private Waterson serve only in United Kingdom and never went to France during the war.

According to his enlistment form he was born on February 28th, 1897 in Kemptville, Ontario but according to the 1901 Canadian Census his birth date is January 28th

Trade : printer         Religion : Roman Catholic        Status : single

Height : 5′ 5″           Eyes : blue      Hair : light brown

Weight : 137 lbs

Name of his mother : Margaret Waterston     Address : 218 Friel street, Ottawa

Information from the 1901 Canadian census (taken in Kemptville, Ontario). He wa sliving with his family in Kemptville village, lot 59 Oxford street

Charles born on January 28th, 1897

Father : Charles born in 1850          Mother : Maggie born in 1860

Sister : Martha born in 1884            Sister : Mary born in 1886

Sister : Nellie born in 1895               Sister : Rose born in 1895

Enlisted on June 26th, 1916 in the 238th battalion (Forestry Battalion) in Ottawa, Canada.

Recruitment poster for the 238 th battalion


Sailed from Halifax on September 11th, 1916 on board the S.S. Scandinavian. Arrived in Liverpool on September 1916.

Transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps on December 7th, 1916.

Received the Good Conduct Badge on June 26th, 1918.

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion on October 21st.

Embarked for Canada on September 6th, 1919.

Demobilised on September 17th in Ottawa, Ontario

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Picture of Private Waterston and his British War Medal

Private George White

Private George White served in the Medical Staff Corps during the Egyptian Campaign. He is entitled to the undated Egypt Medal with the clasp The Nile 1884-85 and the Khedive’s star

Religion: Church of England     Trade: porter         Eyes: Hazel

Hair: light brown          Height:5’10”    Weight: 124 lbs.

He was born in Greenwich, London in November of 1864

He enlisted on January 15th 1884

From January 15th 1884 to November 4th he served at home (United Kingdom)

March 31st: He was appointed 2nd class Orderly

From November 5th 1884 to March 19th, 1887 he served in Egypt

From March 20th 1887 to January 14th 1896 he served at home (United Kingdom)

He was discharged in 1896 completing his 12 years short service period

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Egypt medal clasp The Nile 1884-85 and the Khedive’s Star

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Private White Attestation of Short Service page 1

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Private White Attestation of Short Service page 2

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Private Jack Wilson

Private Jack Wilson served in the 24th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British war medal and Victory Medal.

Born on June 18th 1898 in Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Trade : labourer          Religion : Roman Catholic          Status : single

Height : 5′ 9″                Eyes : brown                                  Hair : black

Weight : 160 lbs

Name of his father : William Wilson                       Address : New Waterford, Cape Breton

December 6th, 1915 : Enlisted in the 69th battalion (Montreal) in St John, New Brunswick

January 19th, 1916: Declared a deserter by a Court of Inquiry. February 9th, 1916 he was sentenced to 24 days forfeit pays and 28 days detention for absence from 22:00 January 16th until 18:00 February 8th.

April 17th: Embarked for England. Arrived in England on April 27th.

July 5th : 28 days forfeit pay for drunkenness, using obscene language and breaking camp rules.

August 17th : Drafted in the 24th battalion

September 9th : Gun shot wounds at the left shoulder during the battle of the Somme. Discharged from Hospital on November 11th.

February 1917 : Attached to the 3rd  Canadian Command Depot

April 23rd: Trialed under the accusation “While on active duty absenting himself without a leave in that “ at St Leonard on Sea, Sussex at 10:30 April 1st, 1917 while under arrest he illegally absented himself until he surrendered himself at 9:00 pm same date. Sentenced to 28 days imprisonment (14 days were remitted)

June 6th : Sentenced to 18 months hard labour for absence without a leave

August 28th : Made his will, he left everything to his father.

September 2nd : Left England for France

January 2nd, 1918 : 7 days forfeit pays for absence from parade from 7:45 December 28th,  until 13:00 December 28th.

February 20th: 6 days forfeit pays for absence without a leave from 14:00 February 11th until 23:15 February 11th.

April 3rd: 4 days forfeit pay for absence without a leave from 20:30 March 23rd, until 9:30 March 24th.

April 4th : Trench fever. Discharged from hospital on April 12th.

August 8th : Hospitalized for gun shot wounds with fracture of the tibia at the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital. Discharged from hospital on December 18th.

January 14th: 3 days forfeit pay for absence without a leave from late January 2nd until 22:00 h January 3rd.

January 26th: 4 days forfeit pay for absence without a leave from 9:00 January 16th until 8:00 h January 20th.

February 23rd: Embarked for in Liverpool, England for Canada on HMT Belgic. Arrived in Halifax, Canada on March 2nd.

Demobilised on March 25th, 1919 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Died on December 1st 1960

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker, C.B.E., M.I.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker served in the Royal Army Medical Corps
He was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military). He was also entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps, the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal .

He was born January 6th 1876 at Glanbehy, County of Kerry

April 5th, 1894: He is listed as a Midshipman on the Royal Navel Reserve List

July 29th, 1898: He received his diploma for Licentiate Midwifing from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He is listed as living at the Hurricane Lodge, Glenbeigh, and County of Kerry

April 25th, 1900: He was promoted Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps

June 18th: He sailed to South Africa (from the London Times) with the 9th General Hospital

November 14th: He embarked on the HMS Assaye. He had been invalidated. He arrived in South Hampton, United Kingdom on December 5th (from the London Times)

He served in India from 1902 to 1903

He was promoted Captain in April of 1903

He was sick from February 1904 and was back at his rank on October 19th, 1904. During that period he was probably sent back to United Kingdom.

He went back to India and served from 1905 to 1908.

March 29th, 1908: He was promoted Major and was stationed at the Magistrate Department Cantonment in India.

April 25th, 1912: He was promoted Major

September 13th, 1914: He disembarked in France with the 26th Field Ambulance (British Expeditionary Forces)

He was promoted the Assistant-Director of the 6th Division at some point during the war.

February 17th, 1915: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for the first time.

August 3rd: He arrived on the Island of Malta from England

August 20th: He embarked on HMHS Valdivia and sailed for Mudros Harbour on the small Greek Island of Lemnos. At the time the Island of Mudros was used a rear medical base for the sick and wounded of the Gallipoli campaign. The number of casualties was so high Eastern Campaign, especially in the Dardanelles, that the British putted a lot of resources to help reduce the pressure on the medical units.

September 19th: He returned from the Island of Mudros to the Island of Malta.

January 5th, 1916: He sailed back to England.

December 26th, 1917: He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel

May 30th 1919: He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (Commander level) for valuable service in connection with the war (London Gazette June 3rd)

July 10th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a second time.

July 29th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a third time. In a period of 5 months he was decorated three times for his valuable services in connection with the war. It is rare for someone to receive so many official recognitions in such a short period, although 1919 was the period to close the book for WW1 decoration.

September 9th: He applied for his 1914 Star

May 15th, 1920: He retired from the Army. He was again taken off strength for medical reasons from May 15th, 1920 until December 20th, 1920.

December 20th, 1922: he was taken off the Officer Reserve List and retired from pay

1927: He is listed as living at Woodquest, Crosshaven, County of Cork in the Medical Register. He lived there until his death in 1941.

June 24th 1941: He died Ripley Lodge Caragh Lake in Kerry County

He had one daughter named Marjorie Rose

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Private William Williams

Private William Williams served in the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the 1882 Egyptian campaign at the battle of Tel-El-Kebir. He is entitled to the Egypt medal clasp Tel-El-Kebir and the Khedive’s Star. His enlistment number was 3717.

Private William Williams served in Egypt with Private James Stuart, you can read his story here.

Born August of 1859 in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England

Religion : Church of England Trade : servant Eyes : grey

Height : 5′ 7″ Hair: brown Weight : 138 lbs.

October 14th, 1876 : Enlisted in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in London. He tried to enlist in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in Gloucester on October 9th but he was turned back.

Served at home from October 9th 1876 until July 29th 1882

From his medical service record he was hospitalized in London in 1877, in Aldershott in 1878 and in Dublin in 1880.

July 30th : Sailed from Albert Docks in London, England on the ship Orient

Drawing showing the departure of the Orient (probably from the Illustrated London News)

August 12th : Disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt

The 1st battalion Scots Guards at Alexandria August 12th, 1882

August 18th : From Alexandria embarked to Ismaila. Arrived on August 22nd

August 24th : Guard’s Brigade were held in support at Tel-el-Mikuta. Started repairing railway and clearing the Canal.

September 12th : Guard’s brigade called-up as support to Graham’s brigade at Kassassin

September 13(early morning) : Battle of Tel-El-Kebir. Guard’s Brigade including the Scots Guards were held in reserve. By the time the regiment reached enemy’s parapet the battle was almost over.

Pictures of the Tel-El-Kebir battlefield – taken after the battle

1st battalion Scots Guards was part of the Guards Brigade with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. They were all under the command of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria’s 7th child). The official history does not mention why the Guards Brigade were held in reserve but some historians are murmuring that Prince Arthur was invited by Garnet Wolseley, the commander-in-chief of the British Forces in Egypt, to participate in that campaign, only because of his political contacts he could bring him. It is also believe that the limited tactician hability of the Prince prevented him to be sent to the front lines.

I guess General Wolseley figured out it would have been a bad career move having to explain to Queen Victoria why one of her son had been killed in Egypt so he kept him in the Reserve Line.

Returned from Egypt on November 15th 1882 and continued to served at Home until October 9th 1888 completing his 12 years service period.

Typical Scots Guards uniform for the Egyptian Campaign of 1882

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Egypt Medal with the clasp Tel-El-Kebir

Sergeant Edward Crowder Wheatley

Sergeant Edward Crowder Wheatley served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory medal. His enlistment number was 10270418 and his War Service Badge class A number was 295378.

Born on August 21, 1895 in Manchester, England     Trade : electrician

Name of his sister : Mary Wheatley      Address : 777 Gertrude street, Verdun

May 27th, 1916 : Enlisted in Bowmanville in the 235th battalion. He served 7 months in the Grenadier Guards (probably in UK) before enlisting

Religion : Church of England    Marital status : single     Height : 5’ 8”

Eyes : blue      Hair : fair              Weight : 150 lbs.

March 3rd, 1917 : To be acting sergeant

March 28th : Embarked onboard SS Missanabe or Saxonia. He arrived in England on April 7th.

April 12th : To be Acting-Sergeant. Maybe he was reverted and promoted again on that day but his service file does not mention his demotion.

June 3rd: Begin a course of gas instructor. He is mentioned for the first time in the War Diary of the 15th Canadian Field Ambulance

August 4th : Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request

August 15th : Applied to be acting Lance-sergeant with pay

October 17th : Applied for acting Lance-sergeant with pay

January 2nd, 1918 : He was appointed Acting-sergeant

February 28th: Recommended for sergeant at Seaford but he refused preferring to go to Depot with the rest of the unit

March 3rd : Reverted to the rank of Private.

March 25th : Applied to the rank of Acting-corporal

March 28th : Posted to CAMC Depot

May 6th : Applied to the rank of Acting-corporal

May 13th : Transferred to the 14th Canadian Field Ambulance

June 5th : Unit left Shorncliffe at 9:15 am. Arrived in Southampton at 2:30 pm. Sailed to France at 19:00 onboard SS Southwestern Miller. Disembarked in Havre, France on June 6th at 8:30 am. Appointed Lance-sergeant

December 23rd : Hospitalised

June 28th, 1919 : Embarked on HMT Mauratania in Southampton, England

July 7th : Demobilised

May 1920 : Arrived at the Port of Montreal. Listed as an electrician and living in New-Brunswick

July 4th, 1955 : He requested a pension from Veteran affair

January 3rd, 1970 : Died at he Colonel Belcher Hospital in Calgary, Alberta and cremated at the Foster’s Garden Chapel in Calgary.

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Picture of Sergeants of the 14th Canadian Field Ambulance

Sergeant Wheathley is under the red arrow.

Nursing Sister Glady Maude Mary Wake

Nursing Sister Glady Maude Mary Wake served in the Canadian Army Medical corps during WW1. She was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. She is one of the few women who died while serving in the Canadian army for her country at war.

Born on December 13th, 1883 in Esquimalt, British Columbia

Height : 5′ 1″     Weight : 112 lbs.           Religion : Church of England

Eyes : hazel         Hair : Dark brown

Graduated from the provincial Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria British, Columbia in 1912.

On January 2st, 1916 she was posted at the Duchess of Connaught Hospital in Taplow, England

She signed her enlistement papers in London, England on January 10th, 1916. She nust had signed some papers before she left Canada but those are not in her file.

On September 24th she was posted with the 1st Canadian Stationary hospital

Embarked in Southampton on the H.S. Britanic on September 24th. Disembarked in Salonika on October 6th.

Posted with the 1st Canadian Stationary Hospital on October 6th.

Posted with the 11th Canadian General Hospital on October 2nd, 1917.

Posted with the 1st Canadian General Hospital on May 12th, 1918.

Died in the air attack of the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital in Doullens on May 30th, 1918 at the age of  27. She had a wounded leg and fractured femur.

Her full military file has been digitalized and can be found by clicking here on the website of Library and Archives Canada

Her British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Plaque with the Scroll were sent to her father, Gervais Fontayne Wake in Crompton Hill, Malvern, England

Her Memorial Cross was sent to her mother Amy Rosamond.

In 1998 she had a mountain named after her in British Columbia, Mount Wake

Picture of Nursing Sister Wake funeral procession

Picture of Nursing Sister Wake funeral gravestone

Pictures source Veteran Affairs Canada website

Private John Wilkinson

Private John Wilkinson served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the 1898 Sudan campaign, the Boers’ war and WW1. He is entitled to the Queen’s Sudan 1896-98 Medal, the Queen’s South Africa Medal, the King’s South Africa Medal, the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908 (no clasp).

Born on October 1877 in Nelson, Lancashire, England

Trade : weaver         Hair : brown          Eyes : brown

Religion : Church of England    Height : 5’6″      Weight : 136 lbs

October 4th 1897 : Enlisted in the Medical Staff Corps in Burnley

December 23rd : Finished his training at the Medical Staff School in Aldershot and promoted 3rd class Orderly

April 1st, 1898 : All the Medical Staff Corps personnel transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps

Sudan campaign

July 4th : Left Aldershot on the SS G___ngo (unreadable from his file). Arrived in Cairo on July 28th.

April 15th, 1899 : Suffered from enteric fever

May 20th : Back home

October 4th : Granted Good Conduct Pay

July 22nd : Posted at the Tower of London

Boer’s war

January 1st, 1900 : According to his file, he sailed to South Africa on the ship Cyric but according to the shipping list no unit of the RAMC sailed on that ship on that day but the 3rd Division Field Hospital sailed to South Africa on the ship America on that day.

Drawing showing Royal Army Medical Corps on the battlefield

July 1st : Appointed 2nd class Orderly

July 1st, 1901 : Appointed 1st class Orderly

September 23rd, 1902 : Returned back to United Kingdom. Probably returned home on the Sicilia (left Durban on September 18th)

December 27th : Transferred to the Reserve

December 27th, 1903 : Discharged from the army

April 4th, 1904 : Married Maude Spencer. From that union two children were born in Nelson, Lancashire, Dorothy (November 29th 1905) and Jamie (March 29th 1911)

June 12th, 1913 : Rejoined the R.A.M.C.

First World War

August 16th, 1914 : Embarked on the Dublin. Arrived in Havre on the 18th.

Served in the field with the 1st battalion East Surreys regiment

November 26th, 1915 : Transferred to the 13th Field Ambulance

January 29th, 1916 : Admitted at the 13th Field Ambulance for rheumatism and arthritis to the knee

May 12th : Transferred to the 24th British General Hospital

March 25th, Appointed Corporal and reverted to the rank of acting Corporal on April 7th.

April 23rd : Appointed Corporal and Lance-Cergeant on June 29th.

August 30th, 1918 : Appointed acting Sergeant

February 4th, 1919 : Proceeded to England and arrived in England the next day.

March 5th : Discharged – address on discharge 15 Raglan street, Nelson Lancashire

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Private John Wilkinson Medals Index Card WW1

Private Joseph George Leonard Warren

Private Joseph George Leonard Warren served with the Scots Guards before and during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

1901 United Kingdom census: aged 14, living with his family and a tailor assistant. He was the eldest child of the family.

August 22nd, 1904: He enlisted in London in the 3rd bn Scots Guards

January 12th, 1906: He was promoted to the rank of Lance-corporal

July 2nd: He was granted the Good Conduct Badge

October 1st: He was transferred to the 2nd battalion.

1911 United Kingdom census taken in Paddington South list him as single and a servant with the Scots Guards. (Batman for an officer)

October 4th, 1914: He was transferred to the 3rd bn.

January 1st 1915: They assembled at 11:30 pm, they were deployed in 4 lines at 3 am on the 2nd and launched their attack. This was the first of a series of attack that lasted until January 25th, when they were pulled out of the front line. During that period they suffered 331 killed, 123 wounded and 241 missing for a total of 395 casualties.

January 10th: The British bombarded the Germans with such intensity that according to the battalion diary, the ground seemed alive with shelves.

January 13th: They were pulled out of the Front Line after 4 months of fierce and intense fighting with little rest between the battles.

January 25th: They heaviest engagement since their return to the Front Line. The Germans bombarded their trenches for 30 minutes and then detonated 2 mines, many casualties.

By March the heavy fighting is less considerable and you see in the battalion log book that they do have more rest behind the Front Line. Although there are still some heavy engagements, the number of encounters is less than what they saw for the first five months of the war.

April 2nd: Transferred to the 2nd battalion and entered theatre of war in France the next day.

May 10-19th: The Battle of Festubert. The battalion was not put into the front line until the 15th when they launched an attack around 3:15 am that day. By the end of the day of the 17, they had suffered a total of 401 casualties. The battalion was pulled of the line on the 18th.

June 7th: He was admitted at the 3rd Stationary hospital in Rouen for influenza. He was discharged on June 9th.

August 5th: The battalion left the 20th Brigade to join the newly formed Guards Brigade. It became operational around mid-September.

August 18th: He joined Headquarters Guards Division

September 25th: The first day of the Battle of Loos. They marched into the town of Loos around 3:40 pm on September 27th. They launched an attack and would be relieved three days later on the 30th. They suffered a total of 469 casualties during that short period.

October 8th: Their trench section were attacked by the Germans and they were sent to support the Grenadiers Guards which were facing a superior enemy in numbers

October 15th: In the days before the battalion was preparing a gas attack. Germans launched a gas attack at 4 am on the 15th. Scots Guards launched their counter-attack at 5 am, the battle would last 3 days and they suffered 102 casualties for that period.

December 24th: Some members of the battalion fraternized with the enemy during the night.

January 1916: The battalion spent the whole month in between the villages of Laventie and Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.

Spring: It was a calmer period in comparison to what they had seen before, on March 30th the battalion was heavily shelled and they suffered 99 casualties on that day alone.

End of March-April: During that period they were in Ypres. It was one month of very active German artillery bombardment; they were relieved on April 24th. The shelling continued in May and June

June 30th: They were relieved from the trenches by the Grenadier Guards.

July 1st: First day of the Battle of the Somme

July 3rd: Relieved from the trenches by the Grenadier Guards. The month of July was a month of intense German bombardment.

September 15th: Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17th. They were sent to rest of the 18th. 2nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing

The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15th, they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing

January-February 1917: No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.

March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period.

April 24th: He married Grace Barnes

June: Second Battle of Ypres. July 22nd: Germans launched a gas attack that lasted until the 26th. On the 25th, Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines. 6 killed. 28 wounded and 132 gassed

July 31st: Third Battle of Ypres The 2nd battalion launched its attack 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties.

October 8th: The 2nd battalion relieved the 1st and got into their position to lead next day’s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13th.

November 24th: The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods. They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement.

November 30th: The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11th and had a quiet rest of December.

December 6th, 1918: He transferred to the 3rd battalion.

February 19th, 1919: He transferred to the 1st battalion.

March 6th: He was transferred to the 2nd battalion.

May 4th: He was demobilized and posted with the 3rd battalion on May 5th. He re-enlisted in Wimbledon to serve in the 2nd bn. Scots Guards and served until August 4th, 1923.

May 21st, 1925: He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity) AO 187/25

July 19th: He was discharged on that date and he started receiving his pension the next day. He only served at home in the Post-war period. He is described as a most excellent man in every way, clean, honest and intelligent. He was the servant to CO for many years.

From 1931 to 1953: Listed as living in City of London and Westminster with his wife Grace

He was part of the London Branch Scots Guards Association from 1952 to 1956

He died in 1974 (April-May-June)

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Private Joseph George Leonard Warren WW1 Medals Index Card