Little, William Cecil: Service no. 54287

Digitized Service Record

Source: Via comment from family member at Memories of Galt, Preston or Hespeler – Those were The Days, My Friends! Facebook Group.


This soldier was on 18th Battalion Nominal Roll but was missed during research.

This soldier enlisted with the 33rd Battalion CEF at London, Ontario on January18, 1915. He was from Preston, Ontario and listed his father, G.J. Little as his next-of-kin.

He was a 19-year old fitter. He appears to have lied about his age as records show he was born on 1898. Not that his attestation date, January 18, 1915, is the same day and month as his alleged birthday, January 18, 1896. His marriage certificate (June 28, 1927) shows is age as 29-years old.

He was transferred to the 18th Battalion on March 9, 1915, in expectation to that Battalion’s departure to England for the next stage of their training for active service with the 4th Brigade of the 2nd Canadian Division.

Arriving in England on April 29, 1915, he, along with the rest of the Battalion, settled at West Sandling for the this period of military life.

He was wounded twice: On June 22, 1916, he was wounded slightly with a GSW to his chest and needed 3-days at No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance to recover. He then was wounded more severely on July 9, 1917, with multiple GSWs resulting in him loosing his right leg with an amputation 9″ below the right knee.

Note that he was probably wounded by the same shell that wounded my Grandfather, Private William Robb Dewar, reg. no. 53902. The service records notes he was “WOUNDED by enemy shell bursting in billet.”

He was evacuated to England and was treated and evacuated back to Canada for further treatment on December 29, 1917. He arrived in London, Ontario on January 9, 1918.

He was treated at the Military Convalescent, Davisville Military and the Dominion Orthopaedic Hospitals in Toronto.

He was discharged from the CEF on November 30, 1918 at Toronto, Ontario.

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