Carson, William James: Service no. 651839


Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour


Will Carson Wounded
Word was received here from Wiarton on Saturday that Will Carson, a Bruce soldier well-known in Walkerton, was wounded in the face, He went Overseas with the 160th Bruce Batt’n. For several years he was employed by Mr. James Whitehead here and was highly thought of in town.

Source: Walkerton Telescope, August 22, 1918, p. 1

Summary of Service for Private William J. Carson, reg. no. 651839

April 17, 1890BornBruce County
February 29, 1916EnlistsEnlists with the 160th Overseas Battalion at the age of 26-years at Wiarton, Ontario. He lists his mother, Margaret Carson (Widow) of Wiarton as his next of kin. He is currently a clerk and has no military experience. At 5’ 6.75” he is average height for a recruit. He is assigned to “C” Company.
April 1916Separation AllowanceA Separation Allowance of $20.00 is assigned to his mother.
June 15, 1916Vaccinated 
July 22, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
July 30, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
August 7, 1916InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
August 22, 1916Submits WillSubmits will. Leave his personal estate to his mother and does not fill in the real estate section, perhaps as he does not own any property/land.
October 1916Assigned PayAssigned pay in the amount of $20.00 per month is assigned to Mrs. Carson.
October 12, 1916Medical ExamMedical Exam at London, Ontario.
October 17, 1916Embarks CanadaEmbarks at Halifax, Nova Scotia to go to England.
October 28, 1916Arrives EnglandArrives in England after transiting aboard the S.S. Metagama.
May 12, 1917TransferredInternal transfer within the 160th Battalion. Transferred to Field Intelligence Section.
February 23, 1918TransferredTransferred from 160th Battalion to 4th Reserve Battalion.
March 28, 1918PostedPosted to 18th Battalion.
March 29, 1918Arrives FranceArrives at Etaples, France at No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot.
March 30, 1918Arrives C.C.R.C.Arrives at the Canadian Corp Reinforcement Camp.
April 12, 1918Arrives 18th BattalionArrives with the 18th Battalion.



The War Diary relates: “Working parties repairing and improving trenches. Lieuts. W.K. ROONEY and E.L. ADDY and 4 o.r.s. wounded during enemy shelling. 60 o.r. arrived as reinforcements.”


Private Carson was one of these 60 other ranks arriving at replacements. The Battalion was in familiar territory, Vimy Ridge, at this time.

August 8, 1918WoundedPrivate Carson was one of 120 soldiers of the 18th Battalion wounded during a major attack outlined in the War Diary.
August 9, 1918AdmittedAdmitted at No. 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France.
August 12, 1918Status UpdatedStatus updated to “Dangerously Ill.” This information would have been telegraphed to his next of kin.
August 18, 1918Dies of WoundsDied of wounds at No. 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France.
August 1918InternedBuried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France at grave no. Q.IV.K.22. He is buried with 8,630 other war dead. Of these, 357 are Canadian. 3 are members of the 18th Battalion.
July 7, 1920War Service GratuityA War Service Gratuity in the amount of $180.00 is granted to Margaret Carson.
Pte. W.J. Carson’s headstone provided by a family member.
“Died of Wounds” (Gunshot Wounds, Neck and Back) at No. 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen.

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