- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/07/26
- Latest 1919/09/01
- Inscription 145662 PTE. W. ELSON. 72-CAN.INF.
- Support loose
- Materials Silver, Copper, Silkworm silk
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Elson, Private William
- Measurements Length 15.6 cm, Width 7.6 cm, Thickness 0.3 cm
- Caption William ELSON
- Additional Information Born in Ottawa in 1878, Elson was a gardener by trade. He was attested in 1915 in the 77th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). He arrived in England in June 1916 and transferred to the 72nd Battalion. He embarked for France in August where he was attached to a trench mortar battery for a course in the field until October. He was killed in action on 15 August 1917.
- Caption Medals Project- Elson, William
William Elson was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 July 1878.
A widower with a young son named Harry, Elson worked as a gardener before enlisting in the 77th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, in Ottawa on 11 December 1915. After initial training in Canada, the battalion left for England on SS Missanabie, embarking in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 19 June 1916. The ship arrived in Liverpool on 28 June 1916, after which the battalion travelled to Camp Bramshott, a Canadian military facility, in Hampshire.
Five days after arriving in England, Elson was transferred to the 72nd Battalion, and he travelled to France with that unit on 12 August 1916. There, he was sent for training in the operation of trench mortars. After he completed his training, he was posted to the 12th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery.
Elson was killed in action in France on 15 August 1917, the first day of the Battle of Hill 70. His body was not recovered.
William Elson is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.