Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Service Details
Regimental Number8474
Battalion1st Garrison Battalion, Scottish Rifles
BranchBritish Army
Place of EnlistmentEdinburgh, Scotland
Date of EnlistmentMarch 28, 1915
Survived WarYes
Death Details

Coghill, William

William Coghill joined the Canadian Legion in Kenora, Ontario on 18 October 1930. According to his Legion membership application he served with the British army from 28 March 1915 to January 1920 and attained the rank of Lance Corporal. His regimental number was 8474 and he enlisted or was conscripted in Edinburgh, Scotland. He initially served with the 3rd Battalion, Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders but at the time of his discharge, in January 1920, he was with the 1st Garrison Battalion, Scottish Rifles. Further details of his service are not known.

William was probably living in Kenora by the mid-1920s. On 16 August 1926 Andrew Kilgour married Flora Morrison in Kenora and the best man was William Coghill. In September 1934 the Winnipeg Free Press had a short news item saying that William Coghill of Kenora had been involved in a car accident. He was travelling to Winnipeg Beach at the time and suffered injuries to his arm. When the federal voters lists were compiled that same year (for the 1935 federal election) they included W. Coghill, a fireman at the Kenora General Hospital.

So far, nothing further is known about William or his family. There is a William Coghill who died in 1966 and is buried in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, and also a William Coghill who died in 1988 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg. Neither of them, however, is the one from Kenora.

By Becky Johnson

Wedding photo courtesy of Andrew Kilgour’s granddaughter.

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