CEF Soldier Detail

Captain William Samuel Stephenson
Died: January 31, 1989

Regimental Number:
700758
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Air Force
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corps
Battalion:
73rd Squadron
Company:
Place of Birth:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Kristina Gudlaugsdottir, Mother, 175 Syndicate Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment:
175 Syndicate Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Birth:
January 11, 1896
Trade or Calling:
Telegraph Operator
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
January 12, 1916
Age at enlistment:
20
Height:
5 Feet 5 Inches
Chest:
32 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
January 31, 1989
Age at Death:
93
Buried at:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
Yes
Interned:
Holzminden
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1Box 9279-11
Research Notes

101st Battalion Nominal Roll 

Source (jayelbee additions) LAC RG150, 1992-93/166, Box 9279-11 and LAC unit records  CEF file is available for download from Collections Canada.

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Captain Royal Flying Corps 73rd Squadron
Corporal Canadian Infantry 101st Battalion D Company
Sergeant Canadian Engineers Canadian Engineers Signals Company
Images
700758, WS Stephenson, 101st Bn

The man called "Intrepid". World War II spymaster, he has been said by some to have been the single most important man in the war to defeat Hitler's Third Reich.  During WWII he was made head of British Security Coordination, headquartered in New York. He was knighted and received the Presidential Medal for Merit from the United States for his counter-intelligence work during the war. Additional information and his obituary can be found here.

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NOTE: LAC CEF personnel file has no record that WS Stephenson served in France or Belgium; no record of any wounds or injuries while on active service with CEF.  He stated before CEF Pensions and Claims Board: "No" to service in France or Belgium and "No" to service in the trenches.  He was discharged from the CEF to the RFC, commisioned and served in France with 73 Squadron.   See also William Thomas Stephenson 701143.

Awards and Decorations
Distinguished Flying Cross
Military Cross