William Douglas Saint
William Douglas Saint

William Douglas Saint (1891‒1915) was Private (13798) in the 5th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment). He died of spinal meningitis on 2 January 1915 at No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire. He was brought back to Cambridge and buried in the family vault in Mill Road Cemetery with military honours. He is also commemorated on the war memorial at the Perse School, Cambridge together with his older brother, Edward Twelftree Saint. William was born on 5 July 1891 in Cambridge. He was the eighth of the eleven children of William Saint and Matilda Jane Saint (née Freemantle). William was a pupil at The Perse School, Cambridge, where he was admitted on 13 January 1902. He became an articled clerk to a chartered accountant at Tribe, Clarke, Painter & Co. in London. He had also spent four years in the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC). William emigrated to Canada to take up a position as an accountant there. He travelled on the steamship Victorian and arrived in Quebec, Canada on 20 August 1913. A year later, on 31 August 1914, he was passed fit, and enlisted on 17 September 1914 at Valcartier, Canada. He was accepted on 20 September 1914 and so became Private (13798) in the 5th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment). He was described at the time of enlisting as being 23 years and 2 months, 5 feet 10 inches, girth 36 ½ inches, complexion fair, eyes grey, hair black, 5 vaccination marks on his left arm, appendicetory scar in his right groin and his religion was Church of England. William and his regiment returned to England and were training at Lark Hill Camp, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, when he contracted spinal meningitis on 29 December 1914. He died on 2 January 1915 at No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire. He was brought back to Cambridge. A funeral service was held on 6 January 1915 at St Barnabas Church, and William was buried in the family vault at Mill Road Cemetery with military honours. A description of the funeral service is available to download from this page.

William Douglas Saint obituary

Saint grave
Saint grave

 

 

Lat Lon: 52.202093, 0.13708071 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

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Sources:
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Kelly’s Directory
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865–1935
Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
The Times, 6 September 1918
London Gazette, 15 March 1915 (Supplement to London Gazette 22 June 1915)
London Gazette, 1 January 1916
London Gazette, 30 December 1918
For King and Country: Officers on the Roll of Honour, Illustrated London News, 28 September 1918
The Pelican Magazine, The Perse School, Cambridge (March 1915, July 1915, September 1916, March 1917, October 1917, July 1918 and July 1919)
Admissions Register, The Perse School, Cambridge
Information kindly provided by The Perse School, Cambridge

 

By Emma Easterbrook, Robin Mansfield and Ian Bent

William Douglas Saint