Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:05 PM
Would you have any idea on his age? I reckon he would have been a regular soldier. If his original number, 4902 was a 4th (City Territorial) Battalion number, then his enlistment date would have been towards the end of May 1915, a 5th (County Territorial) Battalion number would be even later, so with the dates of 8.9.1914 to commission and his date of entry being shown as 22.7.1915 a regular looks more than likely. The reason for asking about his age is that if he was a regular soldier he would have originally enlisted in 1896 and i'm thinking that he could have been with the 1st Battalion and possibly being discharged to commission before the 1st Battalion sailed to France.
William does not show up on Bay Street in the 1918 Absent Voters List for St. Margarets, and I've had no joy in finding him mentioned in any battalion diary as yet, which I'm sure he will be, being an officer.
The 6th Battalion was a Service Battalion and William could have been sent to them after his commission, if you get any further information on a possible battalion, then please give me a shout and i'll have a closer look.