On this day in 1916, William Edmund Sterling signed up in Ottawa. He was born in Deseronto on May 19th, 1894, the son of Irvine Sterling and Phoebe (née Thompson). He was a watchmaker when he enlisted.
Sterling’s regimental number was 311872. He was described as five feet eight inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.
William survived the war and married Alice Annetta Story in Ottawa on May 19th, 1919. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage (which was deemed to be a result of his war service) on April 18, 1941 in Windsor, Ontario. He was buried in the cemetery at South March, Ottawa.