Regimental Number: 904170
Branch: 1st Canadian Labour Battalion
William was born in King’s County, Prince Edward Island on December 28, 1867 (he lied about his age on his attestation paper). In 1894, he married Jessie Ann McPherson. They came to Edmonton in 1912 with their eight children. William and two of his sons, Jack and Hugh, served in the Canadian Army during the First World War. On June 26, 1917, William got his finger caught in the door of a truck (see pages 23, 25, and 27 of his service file for details). He was discharged on April 15, 1918 due to myalgia. In 1919, William filed on the northern half of 9-76-3-W6. He died in Grande Prairie on March 16, 1940.
Sources: Grooming the Grizzly p. 408; March 21 1940 p. 10 c. 4