Faulkner William Edward

The 1901 Census on shows that the Faulkner family were residing in Port Dover Village, Ontario.

The Head of the household Frank Faulkner age 40 born on 11th August 1860 in England, a Foreman on the Railways by trade, he emigrated to Canada in 1866.

His wife was Mary A. age 36 born on 1st January 1855 in Scotland. The children were recorded as Percy K. Brock her son  from a previous relationship, age 11 born on 20th September 1889 in Ontario and William E. age 4 born 25th July 1896 from her marriage to Frank Faulkner.

There is also a boarder shown by the name of Beatrice E. Downs age 16 born in 1884 in Ontario.

The 1910 Census on shows that the family are still living in Port Dover Village and have an addition to the family, namely Hilda L. age 8 born December 1902.

The head of the family Frank Faulkner was 51 years of age and a railway Worker by trade. Mary A his wife age 46 and William is 14 years of age.

Percy K. Brock was 22 years of age and is a Spinner in a Woollen Mill by trade.

Library and Archives of Canada, Soldiers of the First World War: 1914 – 1918.

William Edward Faulkner was drafted into the 12th (reserve) battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 17th October 1917 at Simcoe, Ontario. He gave his next of kin as Frank Faulkner (father) and his trade as Carder.

After training in Canada, and some time spent in a Depot Battalion William embarked for England on the S.S. Durham Castle arriving on 25th Sept 1918 when he was posted to Whitley Camp.

As hostilities were coming to and end, William was posted to Kinmel Army Camp on 9th October 1918.

Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.

Sadly William contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 23rd October 1918.

He was buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery Bodelwyddan, North Wales, U.K.

William is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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