Monday, December 20, 2010

Private William Millard - 27725

According to his attestation papers dated September 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, William Millard was born on March 6, 1893 in Woolwich, England.  He listed Mary Jane Millard, New Toronto, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a machinist and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had moles on his left buttock and left lumbar.  He was a member of the Church of England.  

He was a member of the 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on April 29, 1915.  The CEF burial register indicates that he was previously reported missing but now for official purposes presumed to be dead.  His remains were never found and he is listed on the Menin Memorial Gate in Ypres, Belgium. 

His brother Arthur enlisted the same day and was killed five days before him on April 24, 1915.

According to an article from the Toronto Telegram on September 14, 1917 he was the son of W. H. C. Millard, Clerk of the Town of New Toronto.

Toronto Daily Star September 2, 1916

article courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to the 1911 Census, William's father William emigrated to Canada from England in 1907 and the rest of the family followed in 1908.  Checking Canadian Passenger Lists I was able to find that William Sr. traveled on the Vancouver arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 30, 1907 from Liverpool.  The family traveled on the Tunisian arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia from Liverpool on April 10, 1908. 

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