William Sero (Brant) signature

William Sero enlisted on this day in 1916 in Deseronto. He claimed to have been born in Tyendinaga on July 28th, 1897. On the ‘Particulars of Family’ form Sero gave his next of kin as Maggie Woodman and Allen Sero, noting that he was his mother’s only support and that his father was a spendthrift. His pay was assigned to Lydia Brant of Deseronto.

William joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636594. He had a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland on October 17th, 1916 and transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in November, joining them in France on November 29th. On June 4th, 1917 he was admitted to hospital suffering from shrapnel wounds to his right thigh and ankle and he spent the rest of the war in England, in hospital or in reserve battalions. He sailed from Liverpool on December 12th, 1918 on the SS Regina and was demobilized in Kingston on January 20th, 1919.

Sero died in Belleville on May 24th, 1965.