Source: April 1918 casualty.
Commemorated at the Fergus War Memorial.
Orangeville Banner, May 2, 1918 – Military Notes
Pte. W. J. Courtney, whose death was reported in last week’s Banner, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Courtney, of Marsville, formerly of Simpson’s Corners. He enlisted in the 153rd Batt., at Fergus, in March 1916 and went overseas in April 1917. He crossed to France last December and was drafted into the 18th Batt. shortly afterwards. He had been on active service continuously up to April 5th, when he was killed in action. Courtney had worked at home on the farm for three years before he enlisted. He was a fine young man, who enjoyed a splendid reputation in his home neighborhood. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved parents.