The First World War
Officers of The Royal Canadian Regiment
Brevet Major William James
Soldiers of the First World War database entry - W.J.
Capt. W.J. Home, M.C. (Nov. 1918)
Capt. W.J. Home, M.C., Valcartier Camp (1920)
Capt. & Brevet Major W.J. Home, M.C. (1933)
- Prior service: 1 year, 10 months (Winter 1914 to Feb 1915), 8th R.R.; Private to Corporal; enlisted at the age of 17
- Gazetted as Provisional Supernumary Lieutenant, 1 Feb 1915
- Served on attachment to The RCR: 26 Aug 1914 to 23 Mar 1915 and 2 Apr 1915 to 19 Dec 1915.
- Permanent Force, appointed to The R.C.R., 20 Dec 1915
- Served 2 months in The R.C.R. at time of attestation for overseas service 18 Feb 1916
- Jined The R.C.R. from overseas, 18 Jun 1916
- To be Acting Captain, 17 Oct 1916
- Ten days leave to Paris, 22 Jun 1917
- Ten days leave to Nice, 15 Oct 1917 to 1 Nov 1917
- 14 days leave to Nice, 8 Mar 1917
- SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 DECEMBER, 1918; Nova Scotia Regt. - The undermentioned temp. Lts. to be temp. Capts.:- (actg. Capt.) W. J. Home. 3 Oct 1917.
- SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 FEBRUARY, 1919; Military Cross Gazetted
- SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 8 MARCH, 1919; Bar to Military Cross Gazetted - Lt. (A./Capt.) William James Home, M.C., R. Can. R., Nova Scotia R. (M.C. gazetted 1st February, 1919.)
- Returned to Canada at Halifax, 9 Mar 1919
- 1 Nov 1920: posted to regimental station at Montreal, Brevet Captain
- Reported in the Sep 1926 Connecting File: "B Company, The RCR, furnished a Guard of Honour, under Captain W.S. Fenton and Capt W,J, HOme, MC, on the occasion of the official farewell of the City of Toronto to Lord Byng of Vimy, Governor-General of Canada, on the eve of his departure from Canada. After his inspection the Governor-General complimented Captain Fenton on the smart soldierly appearance of the Guard." (The Guard of Honour took place on 21 Sep 1926.)
- 17 Aug 1928; On command, on proceeding to England on interchange.
- 5 Nov to 21 Dec 1928; Attended Q.8 Qualifying Course at the Hythe Wing, Small Arms School, Hythe, England, and qualified Q.I.
- As of 31 Mar 1930; Attached The Cheshire Regiment, England.
- 1 Nov 1930; Capt Home returns to regimental duty following two years exchange dutiy, and is transferred from "B" Company, Toronto, Ont., to "C" Company, London, Ont.
- 17 Mar 1932; To be Brevet Major.
- 23 Apr 1934; Transferred from "C" Company, London, Ont., to Toronto, Ont.
- 7 May 1934; Detailed for duty as General Staff Officer, 3rd Grade, M.D. No. 2
- 20th Mar 1936; Captain and Bt. Major W.J. Home, M.C., reported in London, Ontario, and took command of "C" Company, The R.C.R.
- King George VI Coronation Medal (1937).
- Promoted to substantive rank of Major; 1 Nov 1938
- Officer Commanding "C" Coy., London, Ontario; appointment identified as at 15 Nov 1937
- 1 Nov 1938; Promoted Major.
- Taken on strength Canadian Active Service Force (CASF), 1 Sep 1939, and posted to The RCR, 1st Canadian Division.
- Battalion 2IC The RCR, at Valcartier camp, Nov to 6 Dec 1939.
- Podted to Infantry Rifle Training Centre at Military District No. 5, Quebec City, as Acting Lieut-Col.; 20 May 1940.
- Commanding Officer, Royal Rifles of Canada; 9 Jul 1940.
- Embarked to Far East (Hong Kong) as part of "C" Force, 21 Nov 1940.
- Fall of Hong Kong, 25 Dec 1941.
- Promoted Brigadier to command "C" Force, back-dated to 21 Dec 1941, as the senior Canadian officer in Hong Kong.
- Prisoner of War: 25 DEc 1941 to 15 Aug 1945.
- Returned to Canada; 3 Oct 1945.
- District Officer Commanding, Military District No. 4, Montreal, from 23 Jan 1946 to 1 Oct 1946
Served on various appointments in Quebec Command, including General Officer Commanding, until retirement at the rank of Brigadier on 3 Mar 1949..
Military Cross Citation
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 FEBRUARY, 1919
Lt. (A./Capt.) William James Home, Royal Can. R., Nova Scotia R. - For. conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of a company during operations commencing 26th August, 1918. When almost, surrounded by an enemy counter-attack he dashed forward at the head of a party, shooting four enemy himself, causing considerable casualties and checking, their attack. His courage and initiative saved an awkward situation.
Connecting File, Vol IX, NO. 2; April 1930
"Capt W.J. Home, M.C., whose reputation as a hockey player is well known in the Regiment, has been playing with the British Ice Hockey Team this winter and winning laurels for the team and himself as Captain. Capt Home returns to Canada in August  and we look forward to hearing the very latest mechanized accent."
The Connecting File, Vol XIV, No. 2, April 1935
"One of the more interesting happenings during the past quarter was the marriage of Major W.J. Home, M.C., The R.C.R. to Mrs Sarah Hunt, on MOnday, 11th February . We take this opportunity of once more wishing Major and Mrs Home the greatest happiness and all the luck in the world."
On 8 July 1940, the Royal Rifles of Canada (Quebec City) and the 7/XIth Hussars (Richmond) received authorization to mobilize as the 1st Battalion of the Royal Rifles of Canada. The first Commanding Officer was Lt. Colonel William James Home, M.C., E.D. a veteran of the First World War who had been with the 8th. Royal Rifles in 1913 and had served with the Royal Canadian Regiment. On 23 October, the Royal Rifles of Canada took the train to Vancouver, where they left Canada on 27 October aboard the Awatea. The unit arrived in Hong Kong on 16 November 1941. On 8 December, Japanese forces attacked the British colony. Following ten days of continuous air and artillery bombardment, Japanese troops landed on the island during the night of 18-19 December. Despite a heroic battle to defend the island, the garrison surrendered on 25 December 1941. During the fighting, Lieutenant-Colonel W.J. Home, the commanding officer of the Royal Rifles, became the senior Canadian officer after the death of Brigadier Lawson.
Date of Birth - 6 Apr 1897
Date of Death - 2 Aug 1983