William Tims Fleet

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 25 July 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the youngest of four children born to Joseph William Fleet, an ironmonger’s manager and his wife Elizabeth Helen, nee Tims. He married Jessie Alice Docker on 5 November 1925 in Penticton, British Columbia. No children can be found for the marriage.

Residence: On the 1891 Census his family were living in Alkington Road, Whitchurch. They were probably still living there when William was born in July of that year. By 1901 the family had moved to 183 Iffley Road, Cowley, Oxfordshire. William emigrated to Canada in 1909 and in 1911 he was living in Penticton, British Columbia. At the time of his death his home was in Grand Forks, British Columbia.

Employment: In 1911 he was a teamster and in 1914 a rancher. At the time of his death his occupation was a fruit inspector with the Dominion Department of Agriculture.

Died: 22 July 1948 in Grand Forks, British Columbia and buried on 26 July in the Lakeside Cemetery, Penticton, aged 56.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Mounted Rifles)

Rank: Lieutenant

Service Number: 107209

Date of Enlistment: 8 December 1914

Date of Discharge: 17 January 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: In March 1916 he became dangerously ill with scarlet fever, diphtheria and paralysis.

Medals and Awards

William was awarded the Campaign medals (1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.


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