Captain William L. Harrison, MC
SAC 1913-1916

William Leeming Harrison was born in Toronto in December 30, 1897, son of Dr. William Spencer Harrison. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1913 to 1916.

He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on April 3, 1916 at the age of 19 years, 3 months joining the 220th York Rangers Overseas Battalion. He claimed previous service in the 9th Mississauga Horse Home Service and was a student. It appears that he was promoted to Corporal before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps later that year.

  • Appointed 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with RFC in Canada, 21 November 1916. 
  • Trained in England. 
  • Served with No.40 Squadron, 15 July 1917 to 10 April 1918 
  • And No.1 Squadron, 10-12 April 1918 when he was wounded. 
  • To England, 4 May 1918.
  • Credited with 12 victories which made him an "ace".
Directorate of History card mentions from his letters he reported his squadron had "changed completely three times" with only himself and the Equipment Officer remaining. "On one occasion his engine was shot through when 10,000 feet up. He has nine machines, seven double seaters and two scout planes to his credit, and on March 19th won the Military Cross. What he considers his best achievement was the bringing down of an enemy balloon two miles over the German lines. He is a St. Andrew’s College boy."

He died in 1960.

Military Cross 
Harry Creagen papers at National Aviation Museum give him rank of 2nd Lieutenant and provide the following citation:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed two enemy machines and drove down others out of control. He always showed a splendid spirit of dash, keenness and tenacity, coupled with determination and skill in attacking enemy aircraft."

London Gazette dated 13 May 1918