McCaskill William Fraser

William Fraser McCaskill was born on 9th June 1894  in Tynehead, British Columbia, Canada.

The 1901 census for Canada on, shows that the McCaskill family were living in Delta, New Westminster, Part of Surrey Municipality, British Columbia, Canada.

Head of the household was Rory McCaskill age 46 born on 13th November 1854 of Scottish descent and a farmer by trade. His wife, Kate age 36 years of age was born on 13th November 1865 of Scottish descent in Quebec. They had three children, Christina, age 8 born 18th July 1891, William Fraser age 6  born 9th June 1894 and Mary Ellen age 2 born 1st January 1899, all their chidren were born in British Columbia.

Unfortunately the 1911 Census is illegible but from the small amount of information that I managed to decipher it appears that the McCaskill family were still in the same area, New Westminster.

Attestation Papers for Private 2024860 William Fraser McCaskill from The Library of Canadian  Archives.

These papers show that William was drafted into the Canadian Army and enlisted on November 1st 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia. He was a Logger by trade and his religion was Prebyterian. He had his medical examination on 29th July 1918 in Vancouver and this form shows that he was 5ft 9 inches tall with blue eyes and light brown hair.

William’s next of kin was recorded as Roderick McCaskill, No. 3. Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada.

After basic training in Canada, William embarked for England aboard the S.S.Durham Castle and arrived on 25th Septemberm1918 when he was posted to Seaford and then Kinmel Camp to complete his training.

Sadly William contracted Broncho Pneumonia, possibly as a result of being in close proximity to other Servicemen who had contracted Influenza during training or the overseas journey.

William died in the Canadian General Hospital at Kinmel Park.

William left his Last Effects to his Mother, Katherine.

He was buried in St Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

William Fraser McCaskill is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual Memorial.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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