DIVISIONAL UNIT: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Depot
SERVICE NO: 348954
RESIDENCE: Toronto – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: November 4, 1894
Milverton - Township of North Easthope – Perth County - Ontario.
DATE OF DEATH: September 14, 1919 24 years 10 months
CEMETERY: Hensall Union Cemetery – Hensall –
County of Huron – Ontario
PARENTS: Mr. Weir & Maria Acheson – Hensall, Ontario & Redlands, California – U.S.A.
Occupation: Clerk Religion: Church of England
Enlistment: April 3, 1916 at Kingston, Ontario
Enlistment Age: 21 years 4 months
Following his enlistment, Gunner Acheson began his training and was exposed to the cold and dampness and was sleeping without any blankets at the Kingston Barracks. In fact, his file even states it was so on April 4, 1916.
While he was a Camp Petawawa - Ontario he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
On February 17, 1918 he was diagnosised with tuberculosis that was actively advancing in both of his lungs. He was confined to bed and the prognosis was at that time about a year to live.
Gunner Acheson was Taken on Strength at the No. 1 District Depot based in London on May 7, 1918.
On September 7, 1918 he received his medical discharge.
Following his medical discharge, he was admitted to the Muskoka Free Hospital - Gravenhurst on February 17, 1918 before he was transferred and admitted to the Byron Sanitorium in London on July 5, 1918 where he lived out the rest of his life.
At some point, he was able to to visit Hensall and then shortly after returning to the hospital he suffered a hemorrhage and died shortly after this. We gather that he did visit his home in Hensall during the month of September 1918.