157515 Sergeant William Gage Linton served in the CEF but came from Cloughmills, Co Antrim. Cloughmills falls within the Ballymoney area but William Gage Linton is named in Clough Presbyterian Church, hence he is linked to Ballymena.
The 1911 Irish census records the family at Drumadoon, Cloughmills. James, 43 and a shoemaker, was married to Mary, also 43. The couple said they had been married for 18 years and had had 8 children. All 8 were alive in 1911. They listed William G, 17 and born in Scotland, Maggie J, 16 and born in Scotland, Robert, 11 (Born 8 November 1899), Isabella, 8 (Born on 22 July 1902), Sarah Helen, 7 (Born 5 November 1903), and Daniel, 5 (Born 19 February 1906). Widower Joseph Linton, father of James and aged 79, lived with them.
The family also appear in the 1901 Irish census. James 32 and a shoemaker, and Mary (31) listed four children present on the census day. Willie G (not Nellie G as transcribed) was 7, Maggie J was 5, Robert was 2 and the other child was 6 months old – her name is illegible and is rendered Maglor on the transcription.
William Gage Linton enlisted in the 81st Battalion, CEF on the 9 September 1915, shortly after it had been authorized on 10 July 1915. He had previously served in a local militia for about three years. He lived at 698 Manning Avenue and was in 1915 an assistant manager and salesman in a boot and shoe store in Toronto. He had been born on the 23 July 1894 and was a single man who stood about 5’ 7” tall, and he had blue-grey eyes and dark brown hair.
He trained in Canada for a time and then travelled from Halifax to the Liverpool aboard the SS Olympic during the 1-6 May 1916. He transferred to the 35th Battalion and the 4th Reserve Battalion before being posted to the 18th Battalion for overseas service. He was with the 18th Battalion in the field in early December 1917. He was wounded on the 14 April 1918 while serving with them, a shell peppering him with shrapnel on the back of the head, the right side of his face and and on his right arm and shoulder. He was to spend about eight months in hospital.
6th Canadian Field Ambulance and the Canadian Stationary Hospital at Doullens dealt with him before he was taken on HS St Patrick to England and he went onwards to No 9 General Hospital at Basingstoke; there he remained for 72 days. He then spent time at the convalescent hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom and at ‘Granville Canadian Special Hospital’, Buxton; the latter had transferred from Ramsgate to Buxton’s Palace Hotel during the war. He was returned to Canada aboard the SS Grampian in February 1919 and demobilised on the 12 February. He returned to his home in Manning Avenue.
He died on the 23 December 1968.
The family headstone in Clough Cemetery reads:
Erected by Mary Linton Cloughmills
In memory of her husband James Linton who died 11th February 1931, aged 63 years
Also above named Mary Linton died 27th Sept 1955 aged 87 years
Also their daughter Isabella died 18th January 1978