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William Francis Paisley

Informationen zu Geburt

Geburtsdatum:
30/08/1896
Geburtsort:
Sundridge , Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada

Allgemeine Informationen

Letzter bekannter Wohnsitz:
Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada
Beruf:
Landwirt

Informationen zum Armeedienst

Land:
Canada
Truppe:
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Dienstnummer:
888352
Einberufung datum:
24/04/1916
Einberufung ort:
Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
Einheiten:
 —  Canadian Infantry, 28th Bn. (North West)  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

Informationen zu Tod

Sterbedatum:
06/11/1917
Sterbeort:
Graf Wood, Passchendaele, Belgien
Todesursache:
Im Kampf gefallen
Alter:
21

Gedenkstätte

Auszeichnungen und Orden 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Punkte von Interesse 3

#1 Geburtsort
#2 Letzter bekannter Wohnort
#3 Einberufung ort

Meine Geschichte

Private William Francis Paisley served in the Canadian Infantry (North West), 28th Battalion, part of the 6th Brigade, of the 2nd Canadian Division.
On the 6th of November 1917, the 2nd Division took part in an attack that would lead to the capture of Passchendaele. The Division attacked with the 6th Brigade, and more specifically with the 27th, 31st and 28th Battalions. The objective was the village of Passchendaele and the eastern crest.
At 6 am on the 6th of November, the three battalions advanced on Passchendaele. The 27th and 31st Battalions met little resistance until they reached the northern side of the village where they came under fire from German pillboxes. They managed to press on and the 27th Battalion was the first to enter Passchendaele.
Whereas the 27th and the 31st Battalion met but little resistance, the 28th Battalion had a more difficult time. The 28th Battalion operated on the extreme left of the Brigade’s front and the soldiers had to wade through deep mud on their way to Passchendaele. Approximately three minutes after the Canadian barrage had ended, the 28th Battalion was hit by a German barrage. Not long after, at about 400 yards from their objective, they were met by heavy machine-gun fire which resulted in a high number of casualties.
Eventually, the 28th Battalion managed to catch up with the others and consolidated the objective. At 8.45 am, the village of Passchendaele and the eastern crest were taken.
Private William Francis Paisley was killed in action on the 6th of November 1917. His remains were never identified but according to his Circumstances of Death file he must have fell near Graf Wood, near Passchendaele. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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"The story of the Twenthy-Eighth (North-West) Battalion 1914-1917", Hewitt G.E., London, Canadian War Records Office, pp. 22-24.
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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 137-139.
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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War Diary Canadian Infantry 28th Battalion
https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivianet/020152_e.html
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