- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR WILLIAM ERNEST WILSON; E.C.P. ; 10; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Wilson, Private William Ernest
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Wilson, William Ernest
William Ernest Wilson was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 January 1874. He was the son of William and Frances Wilson.
A farmer, Wilson enlisted in the 54th Battalion in Vernon, British Columbia, on 28 August 1915.
Wilson died at No. 9 Casualty Clearing Station on 21 November 1916, after being wounded in the arms, thighs and face by a shell. He received those wounds on 18 November, the last day of the Battle of the Somme, as the 54th Battalion attempted to capture Desire Support Trench. Although the attack was successful, the battalion suffered 238 casualties, roughly 47% of its fighting strength of 512 officers and men.
William Ernest Wilson is buried in Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France.