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  • Baxendale, William James

  • William James Baxendale was born 07 October 1898 in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. His parents were James Thomas and Amelia Maria Baxendale. He had two older sisters – Violet and Myrtle. His father worked as a car inspector/repairer for the CPR. William received his education in Kenora. In November of 1915 he commenced working for the CPR as a wiper.

    A few months later, on 15 February 1916, William enlisted with the 94th battalion in Kenora. His unit left for Port Arthur in May 1916, and for England in June 1916. William was transferred to the 15th Reserve Battalion upon his arrival in England but spent his first three weeks in the hospital with the mumps. He also had a bout of influenza in December of 1916 that led to another hospital stay. On 10 May 1917 William joined the 5th Battalion and was sent to France. On 18 August 1917 he sustained a shrapnel wound to his left hip and was hospitalized until 27 November 1917.  William returned to his unit but was wounded a second time on 29 September 1918. This time he sustained a gun shot wound in his left thigh and was once again hospitalized until 16 December 1918. While in hospital he was transferred back to the 15th Reserve Battalion and then to the 10th Depot Battalion on 13 January 1919. He was transported back to Canada on the Empress of Britain and arrived in Halifax on 22 January 1919. He made his way to Kenora and the local newspaper reported his return on 29 January 1919.

    William returned to the CPR for employment and became a fireman.  In 1943 he was promoted to Engineer, a position he held until his retirement in 1962. He and his wife, Laura, had a daughter, Bonnie in 1933. They divorced and William had another long-term relationship but did not marry again.

    William died on 12 March 1964 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. He does not have a grave marker. His daughter, Bonnie, died in 2008 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 198965
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 94th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • mother, Mrs. T. Baxendale of Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 7, 1898
  • Trade or Calling:
  • wiper on CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 15, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 17
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 12, 1964
  • Age at Death:
  • 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 24E - 9 - 4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • William James Baxendale was born 07 October 1898 in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. His parents were James Thomas and Amelia Maria Baxendale. He had two older sisters – Violet and Myrtle. His father worked as a car inspector/repairer for the CPR. William received his education in Kenora. In November of 1915 he commenced working for the CPR as a wiper.

    A few months later, on 15 February 1916, William enlisted with the 94th battalion in Kenora. His unit left for Port Arthur in May 1916, and for England in June 1916. William was transferred to the 15th Reserve Battalion upon his arrival in England but spent his first three weeks in the hospital with the mumps. He also had a bout of influenza in December of 1916 that led to another hospital stay. On 10 May 1917 William joined the 5th Battalion and was sent to France. On 18 August 1917 he sustained a shrapnel wound to his left hip and was hospitalized until 27 November 1917.  William returned to his unit but was wounded a second time on 29 September 1918. This time he sustained a gun shot wound in his left thigh and was once again hospitalized until 16 December 1918. While in hospital he was transferred back to the 15th Reserve Battalion and then to the 10th Depot Battalion on 13 January 1919. He was transported back to Canada on the Empress of Britain and arrived in Halifax on 22 January 1919. He made his way to Kenora and the local newspaper reported his return on 29 January 1919.

    William returned to the CPR for employment and became a fireman.  In 1943 he was promoted to Engineer, a position he held until his retirement in 1962. He and his wife, Laura, had a daughter, Bonnie in 1933. They divorced and William had another long-term relationship but did not marry again.

    William died on 12 March 1964 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. He does not have a grave marker. His daughter, Bonnie, died in 2008 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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  • Baxendale, William James Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 198965
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 94th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • mother, Mrs. T. Baxendale of Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 7, 1898
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • wiper on CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 15, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 17
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 12, 1964
  • Age at Death:
  • 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 24E - 9 - 4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Baxendale, William James

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