A Canadian Soldier

A while ago I did a post about a somewhat distant relative called Harriet Selden . She was a part of my Mallion tribe and today’s post is about one of her grandchildren. His full name was William Caleb Selden Mallion and he was born in 1892 in Eastbourne in Sussex. William was truly a distant relative – a third cousin three times removed. We have to go back to my five greats grandfather, born in 1765, to find our common ancestor.

When William was born his dad, Caleb Mallion, was a plasterers labourer and his mother was a laundress.

On Feb 28th 1907 young William set sail for Canada on the Dominion Line ship, Southwark. Other members of the family made the crossing at different times. I think the family may have been fragmented for a while but they are all together on the 1911 Canadian census.

In 1915 William signed up for the Canadian Army – to come back to Europe and join World War One. We have his attestation papers.


These are great documents. They sort out a bit of family history although I wonder why William gave his mother as next of kin rather than his father. Page two gives a brief description of William.image004So we know William, by today’s standards was of slight build – not all that tall and certainly not big around the chest. We know he had a light complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. As far as religion was concerned he was a salvationist.

It is good to report that William returned to Canada and at the time of the 1921 census he was married, with a daughter and was working, as far as it can be read, as a painter.


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