238211 PRIVATE WILLIAM McILVENNA
54th Bn Canadian Infantry 2nd Central Ontario Regt.
Interred in Villers-Brettoneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy. Plot 9, Row C, Grave 11
William McIlvenna was born on 10th January 1880. After leaving school he served his time as a mechanical engineer. His sister, Mrs Thompson, lived in Charlotte Street, in Ballymoney, and he spent a good bit of his time there. Later he emigrated to Canada, settling in New York and finding work there. He enlisted in Toronto on 21st February 1917 and arrived in England on board the SS, Saxonia on 7th April 1917. He wasn’t that tall at five feet five and a half inches. He was of medium complexion with dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was transferred to 204th reserve battalion at Otterpool and then moved to East Sandling and then on 27th May to Witley. On 27th February 1918 he proceeded overseas for service with the 54th Battalion. On the 8th of August 1918 he was evacuated from the front line very severely wounded. He had gunshot wounds to the left thigh and left arm and was taken to the nearest field ambulance but the seriousness of the wounds meant that he had to be sent to hospital at once if his life was to be saved. He died of his wounds at No 48 C.C.S. next day.