Coleshill Remembers World War 1
As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.
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Entry for Private William Firkin
5th Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion (Quebec Regiment)
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Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church. William Firkin was born on the 16th August 1896 in Birmingham, son of William and Emily Firkin. He grew up in the St Paul’s Home, Coleshill, and was sent to Canada as part of a program of emigration, in 1910. He sailed aboard the Corsica on 19th May 1910 and landed at Quebec, where he went on to work as a farmer. William Firkin enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 2nd February 1915. Private Firkin served with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion Quebec Regiment (service number 110160) and died in France on 2nd October 1916, aged 19 years. He is remembered on the Vimy Memorial, France.
I have recently discovered that William Firkin is my Great Uncle. My Grandad,Joseph Firkin was William Firkin's Brother.