Photograph courtesy of Kelvin


Born: 12th April 1892, Athelstaneford, Haddingstone, Scotland.

Died between: 15th September 1916 – 17th September 1916; age 24; KiA – at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

Occupation: a Farmer

Enlistment Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Date: 5th November 1914; Age: 22 & 6 months; Religion: Presbyterian. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Next of Kin: W. Garlick, 6, Gower Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 10ins, fair complexion, brown hair & blue eyes.



Sailed on the 6th May 1915 from Montreal for England aboard the S.S.’Metagama.’

Arrived in England on the 15th May 1915. 

Admitted to Hospital with a Bayonet Wound on left side – 2nd July 1915 – aged 23 years – Ward 12, Moore Barracks, Canadian Hospital, Shorncliffe – 13 days.

Bevan Hospital, Sandgate – 8 days. Discharged healed 22nd July 1915.

West Sandling – Absent Without Leave – 30th July 1915 – 3rd August 1915 –forfeit 5 days pay

Embarked at Folkstone for France – 14th September 1915.

Disembarked Boulogne – 14th September 1915.

Admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance – Influenza – 28th December 1915.

Transferred to Divisional Rest Station – Influenza.

Discharged 4th January 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal on pay – 19th May 1916.

Granted 9 days Leave – 22nd May 1916 – at Duty from Leave – 31st May 1916.

Reverts to Private at own request – 1st September 1916.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 59352

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, Eastern Ontario Regiment, 21st Battalion.


Believed to be buried in this cemetery:

Grave Reference:       

Special Memorial A.1.

Courcelette British Cemetery,




Note: Kelvin

“Our guess is that this was taken while on leave (far right)- probably back in the
UK – as you can just see that he is wearing his Lance Corporal stripe on
his right arm.  We know from his service record that he got his stripe
on 19th May 1916 and was then given 9 days leave shortly after.  He
reverted to Private at his own request on 1st September 1916.”



1901   Brodies Land, West Barns, East Lothian, Scotland.


William was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Nimmo Garlick, 39, a Maltman, born Ratho, Midlothian, Scotland.

Marion Garlick, 37, born Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Thomas Nimmo Garlick, 7, born Athelstaneford, Haddingstone.

John Garlick, 4, born West Barns, Haddingstone.

George Garlick, 3, born West Barns, Haddingstone.

Agnes F. Garlick, 1, born West Barns, Haddingstone.



William arrived in Canada in May 1908, sailing on the S.S. Laurentic.


Memorial Scroll was despatched to William’s parents, of 6, Gower Street, Ipswich – 10th June 1921.

Memorial Plague was despatched to William’s parents – 2nd July 1922.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich and at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

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Canadian Infantry, Eastern Ontario Regiment, 21st Battalion:





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