Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Chester

In memory of:

Gunner William Chester

July 15, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

40617

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Field Artillery

Division:

1st Brigade

Additional Information


Born:

January 1, 1890
Carleton Place, Ontario

Enlistment:

September 23, 1914
Valcartier, Québec

Spouse of Eve Chester of Gananoque, Ontario. His civilian occupation was that of machinist.

Commemorated on Page 9 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

I. C. 122.

Location:

Bailleul is a large town in France, near the Belgian border, 14.5 kilometres south-west of Ieper and on the main road from St. Omer to Lille. The Communal Cemetery is on the eastern outskirts of the town. From the Grand Place, take the Ieper road and 400 metres along this road is a sign indicating the direction of the cemetery. Turn down the right into a small road and follow for approximately 400 metres. The cemetery is on the right and the BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION is at the bottom end.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial Page – William Chester is honoured on page 26 of the Gananoque Remembers booklet, published on January 31, 2005.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Perth Courier for 30 July 1915.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers – Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Catchpole to Chignell. Microform Sequence 19; Volume Number 31829_B016728. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 165. Page 909 of 958.
  • Memorial – Gunner William Chester's name is listed on the Gananoque Ontario War Memorial.
  • Gananoque Remembers – Gananoque, Ontario is a small town situated on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of 1,000 Islands.  It is one of hundreds of communities throughout Canada with war memorials which commemorate more than 110,000 men and women who lost their lives during both world wars. Over a  thousand citizens from Gananoque and surounding areas served in the navy, army, or air force: 83 lost their lives in parts of Canada, and in the battlefields of Europe.  Among the dead of Gananoque include a 15 year old solider, a father of ten, four sets of brothers and a Victoria Cross winner. 

Today the town cenotaph lists the names of those who died and  few citizens are aware of their family backgrounds or their circumstances of their deaths. Geraldine Chase of Gannaoque and Bill Beswetherick of Kingston believed it was necessary to collect this information and perpetuate their sacrifices. 					

Gananoque Remembers book is a tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
  • Photo of WILLIAM CHESTER – Larry Gray's 'We Are the Dead' relates details about the lives of Carleton Place's 'Great War' (World War I) victims.
  • Grave Marker

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