Regimental Number: 6135
Branch: Lord Strathcona’s Horse; Royal Flying Corps
William was born in Edinburgh, North Dakota on September 6, 1893. He was injured during the war and later returned to Canada on sick leave, just before the end of the war. He married Abigail Mildred Black while living in Rossburn, Manitoba. William and Abbie moved to Beaverlodge in 1928, where William opened a hardware store. William died of injuries received in a car crash in Vancouver on January 15, 1956. He was buried in Grande Prairie.
Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 79
Note: According to William’s military service file, he sustained a knee injury while on parade in early May 1916, before he joined the RFC. His commanding officer stated that “the soldier was in no way to blame”. According to his Medical Case Sheet, his knee had already been giving him trouble in February/March of 1916 at the Somme, and he was then admitted to the hospital and remained there for some time. The diagnosis was synovitis in his right knee.