Wherrell, William James

Regimental Number: 1102109
Rank: Sapper
Branch: 7th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops

William was born in Aldbourne, England on June 3, 1873. At the age of 14 he lost his sight in one eye. William married Rose Ellen Williams (Lucy?) on November 28 or 29, 1907 at St. Helen’s Church, Oxford Gardens, London, England. They and their four children (Ellison Archie, Gladys May, Gordon Leslie, and Elsie Myrtle) were living in Putnam, Ontario at the time of his enlistment in January of 1917. In July of 1918, William fractured his fibula. The family moved to Spirit River in 1919, where William filed on LT 5-79-5-W6; he later canceled this homestead. William and Rose had two more daughters, Vera and Irene, after moving to Spirit River. In 1936, William and Rose moved to Victoria, where William died on October 30, 1963.

Sources: Wheatfields and Wildflowers p. 587

*According to a note on page 22 of this service file, it appears that William Wherrell served under the name of Frederick Carter.