GOLL, William

Removed from Wingham as not on stone, placed in none

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Brandon, Manitoba
Lance Corporal
Date of Death
Age at Death
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:        1st Canadian Infantry Division
                                             3rd Infantry Brigade
                                             16th Battalion  -  Canadian Scottish
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   152428
RESIDENCE:                    Brandon – Manitoba 
DATE OF BIRTH:            March 1, 1896
                                             Grey Township
DATE OF DEATH:           August 8, 1918                     22 years     5 months
CEMETERY:                     Demuin British Cemetery – Demuin –
                                             Somme – France
                                                  A     25
PARENT:                           Mr. Conrad & Minnie Goll – Wingham – Ontario
Occupation:                        Farmer                                  Religion:     Presbyterian
Enlistment:                         Brandon – Manitoba – August 7, 1915 into 79th Battalion
Enlistment Age:                 19 years     4 months

Private Goll went overseas in April of 1916, transferred to the 16th Battalion and joins them in the field during July. He was in a lot of fighting and was twice wounded.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in December of 1917.
For this advance the 1st Canadian Division was centre with the 3rd Brigade leading the initial assault. The barrage began at 4:20 am and it was accurate. There was a ground mist and when the barrage began it was difficult to keep their direction. The barrage was to creep up just past Bosnia Trench. There was little opposition for 2,000 yars and little wire encountered. They did meet enemy fire near the cross roads at Demain but these posts were eliminated. The next obstacle was a large number of the enemy on a ridge giving them the advantage but they were run off the ridge. The enemy had left Aubercourt having fired only a few shots.
Now heavy enemy machine-gun fire came from the ridge near the cross roads and one of the tanks eliminated this threat.
One party met strong enemy opposition at the quarry and the enemy had the advance Companies pinned down before the tanks arrived and ended any opposition.
Lance Corporal Goll was killed during an attack near Aubincourt. His machine-gun apparently failed and he was trying to repair it when he lost his life. The enemy bullet struck the horn of his pistol and entered his right side.
During this advance 62 men lost their lives.