Pte. William Rimmer

61st Battalion Signals Company, Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force

William Rimmer joined the 61st battalion of the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force dated January 30th, 1915. He signed up in Winnipeg on that date (He had just turned 31). His records also state that he enlisted on June 30, 1915 for “Duration of War” He had previously served 6 years with the Lancashire Hussars before he emigrated from St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England to Canada.

He arrived in England on April 12th, 1916 and was in France by Sept 22, 1916 where he was transferred to 10 Battalion. He was awarded the Military Medal on 11 October, 1918. Following the end of the war, he was returned to England.

He left England for Canada on the CPR’s SS Metagama March 15th, 1919 and arrived back in Canada on March 24th. His discharge date was March 28, 1919 at St.John, NB. He appears to have shrunk ½” during the war as he signed up at 5’7″ and was discharged at 5’6½”.

61st Battalion Signals Company, 1915

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