Autterson, William Harold: Service no. 53426

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per promotion in service record of Corporal Frederick Gilfoy, reg. no. 489223.


His brother, Autterson, Gordon Alexander: Service no. 53425, served with the Battalion as well.

Summary of Service for Private William Harold Autterson, reg. no. 53426

February 12, 1895BornBorn at Strathroy, Ontario, Canada.
October 31, 1914EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion at Strathroy, Ontario. His regimental number shows he is an original member of the battalion. He is a 19-year-old farmer standing 5’10” tall. He has designated Gordon Autterson, his brother and also serving in the 18th Battalion, as his next-of-kin. He has 1-year of military experience having served with the Canadian Militia in the 26th Regiment. He is a adherent of the Church of England.
April 10, 1915Forfeits PayForfeits 7-day’s pay for being AWL at London, Ontario.
April 18, 1915EmbarksEmbarks for England aboard the SS Grampian.
April 29, 1915ArrivesArrives Avonmouth, England and entrains for West Sandling Camp near Shorncliffe, Kent.
June 8, 1915AdmittedAdmitted at the Bear Wood Convalescent Hospital for measles.
June 28, 1915DischargedDischarged as cured.
August 1915Admitted to Hospital 
August 6, 1915DischargedDischarged from hospital at West Sandling.
August 28, 1915TransferredTransferred to Base Company, 18th Battalion.
September 12, 1915TransferredTransferred from Base to “B” Company.
September 14, 1915EmbarksEmbarks for France for service as part of the 2nd Canadian Division, CEF. Enroute to Flanders region of Belgium,
November 7, 1915WoundedWounded with GSW to right arm.
November 7, 1915TransferredTransferred to England for treatment of wounds aboard the HS Cambria.
November 7, 1915Admitted and SOSAdmitted to Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate, England. SOS 18th Battalion to 36th Battalion.
November 12, 1915AdmittedAdmitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital, Shorncliffe.
November 29, 1915AdmittedAdmitted Bear Wood Convalescent Hospital for shrapnel wound to the right arm.
December 20, 1915DischargedDischarged from Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Wokingham.
February 29, 1916Re-Examined by Medical BoardExam re. GSW to right arm. Recommended fit for duty at Shorncliffe. Report endorsed on March 2, 1916.
March 24, 1916TransferredTransferred to the 18th Battalion from the 36th Battalion.
March 26, 1916ArrivesArrives at the front.
July 6, 1916Completes WillLeaves is real and personal property to Gordon A. Autterson currently serving with him in the 18th Battalion. It is witness by George Allen and Henry Wells Cash.
April 9, 1917Appointed Lance-Corporal and then Lance-Sergeant 
April 14, 1917Promoted Corporal 
August 13, 1917TOSTOS from 18th Battalion to WORD.
August 16, 1917Granted LeaveGranted 10-day’s leave to England.
August 20, 1917Promoted Sergeant 
November 11, 1917Course of InstructionTo course of instruction.
December 17, 1917Rejoins 18th Battalion 
February 18, 1918Granted LeaveGranted 14-day’s leave to England.
August 8, 1918WoundedGSW to face and right shoulder.
August 9, 1918AdmittedAdmitted No. U.S.A. 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France.
August 11, 1918TransferredTransferred for further treatment to England aboard the AT Marguerite.
August 13, 1918AdmittedGeneral Military Hospital, Edmonton.
August 20, 1918AdmittedAdmitted hospital at Croydon.
December 31, 1918AdmittedWoodcote Park, Epsom.
January 4, 1919Marriage Approved 
January 23, 1919MarriedMarried Annie Isabel Vinall at Parish Church, Folkestone, County of Kent, England. Vicar P.F. Tindall presiding. She is later listed as residing at No. 8 Coast and Cottages, Folkestone, Kent.
February 3, 1919DischargedDischarged from Woodcote Park, Epsom.
February 3, 1919On CommandOn Command with the 1st CCD, Witley.
March 29, 1919Ceases On CommandCeases on Command with the 1st CCD, Witley and TOS with 4th Reserve Battalion, Ripon.
March 31, 1919SOSSOS with 4th Reserve Battalion and attached to Regimental Depot No. 2.
April 1, 1919AttachedAttached to “R” Wing.
April 3, 1919On CommandOn Command 1st CCD, Buxton.
April 4, 1919Dental ExamDental exam reports he has 10 fillings, no extractions or crowns.
May 3, 1919SOS for DischargeSOS to discharge in Canada. Embarks ship at Liverpool, England. Sailing aboard the SS Melita.
May 12, 1919DisembarksDisembarks Quebec City, Quebec.
May 14, 1919DischargedDischarged at Quebec City. He has grown 1-inche and lost a couple of years of age as his discharge papers indicate he is now 22 years old. He has attained the rank of Sergeant.
1970PassesBuried at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens, Oldcastle, Ontario.


  1. Record shows that the army should also notify a George Stillwell of Warwick, Ontario.
  2. No record of Assigned Pay. May be due to the fact he married after he had active service.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot
Dispersal Certificate Form CDS Sgt Autterson
Marriage Approved
Marriage Form A23 Sgt Autterson.

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