Sapper William Anderson FERRIER

Sapper William Anderson FERRIER

Male 1893 - 1918  (25 years)

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  • Name William Anderson FERRIER 
    Prefix Sapper 
    Born 19 Jan 1893  Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Home Boy 1905  Brockville, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Quarrier's Orphan Homes of Scotland 
    Immigration 1905  Pembroke Twp., Renfrew, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Homeboy living with howison family 
    Ship 8 May 1905  Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Corinthian - arrival may 8, 1905 at Quebec; departed Glasgow apr 29, 1905 
    Census 1911  Pembroke Twp., Renfrew, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Homeboy or hiredboy living with Howison family 
    Attestation Papers 29 Dec 1914  Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause of Death Accidental Injuries-collapse of tunnel while tunnelling due to flood 
    Next of Kin Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    W. Ferrier, Uncle 28 Cornhill Terrace; Leith Scotland 
    WWI service # 59318 21st Battalion, CEF; 3rd Tunnelling Co. 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 21 Jun 1918  Kemmelhof, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Buried Fletre, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Bertenacre Military Cemetery
    Fletre, France 
    Person ID I48895557  Whitewater Region Early Families
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2022 

    Father David FERRIER 
    Mother Jane Amelia CHEAPE 
    Married 5 Jun 1891  Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16124668  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Greenwood Methodist Church Plaque dedicated to WWI Soldiers
    Greenwood Methodist Church Plaque dedicated to WWI Soldiers
    Photographed by Fay Bennett, Nov 2022
    Plaque Honoring Members of Greenwood Community who enlisted for Overseas Service, Greenwood Methodist Church
    Plaque Honoring Members of Greenwood Community who enlisted for Overseas Service, Greenwood Methodist Church
    Photographed by Fay Bennett

    Documents
    Greenwood Methodist Church Memorial Tablet unveiled
    Greenwood Methodist Church Memorial Tablet unveiled
    The Cobden Sun, Sept 23, 1920 p. 1
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson died in tunnel cave-in
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson died in tunnel cave-in
    The Perth Courier, August 9, 1918
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson death notice
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson death notice
    Renfrew Mercury, Jul 19, 1918 found on The Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Veterans Affairs Canada. "The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)." Database. Veterans Affairs Canada. www.veterans.gc.ca/eng. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/273624?William%20Ferrier
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson - Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate
    Ferrier, Sapper Wm Anderson - Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission. "Commonwealth War Graves Commission." Database. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/273624/w-ferrier/

    Histories
    Ferrier, Sapper William Anderson Military Summary
    Ferrier, Sapper William Anderson Military Summary
    Compiled by Fay Bennett from sources listed

  • Notes 
    • Home Boy sailed aboard SS Corinthian from Glasgow with 102 children April 1905 for Quarrier's Home at Brockville. He was place at W. K. Howison farm in Pembroke Twp.

    WWI service:
    • He arrived in England on May 15, 1915 and embarked for France on Sep 14, 1915 and was transferred to 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company on Feb 7, 1916.
      Over the three years in the field, he attended health services a number of times for influenza, bronchitis, trench feet

    Cause of Death:
    • He died of accidental Injuries due to the collapse of the tunnel while tunnelling due to flood on June 21, 1918.
      "Died (Accidental Injuries)
      He was working on dugout at Kemmelhof and while engaged at the face at 7 am, Jun 21, 1918 was buried by the breakaway set collapsing. He died before he could be dug out.

    Attestation Papers:
    • He enlisted into the 21st Battalion on Dec 29, 1915 at Kingston, Ontario. He was 21 years, 11 months and listed his occupation as farmer. He was described as 5' 6 1/2" tall, weighing lbs, and having a fair complexion, grey eyes, and reddish brown hair.

  • Sources 
    1. [S598735] Mil- Attestation Papers.

    2. [S600054] Mil-Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War, Canada., (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx.).

    3. [S600045] Mil-Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada, ((www.veterans.gc.ca/eng)), ). (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S599708] Mil-Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, ((www.cwgc.org)), ). (Reliability: 3).