According to his attestation papers dated March 8, 1915 at Toronto, William Harvey Gaud was born on June 3, 1895 in Formosa, Japan. He listed his father William Gauld, Formosa, Japan as his next of kin. He was a student and had 3 months training at the O.T.C., Toronto. He was 19 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion. He had a mole on the right side of his chin; a scar on the left side of his neck and a traverse scar on top of his head.
His brother Gordon also enlisted. Both were born in Formosa (Taiwan) as their father Rev William Gauld was a missionary there (he was buried in the Tamsui Foreign Cemetery when he died in 1923). Their family's important role in the missionary work in Taiwan is documented in The island beautiful : the story of fifty years in North Formosa, published in 1923. Both he and his brother were nephews of George R. Gauld of Mimico.
According to his brother's obituary William was with the Cyclist Corps. He was the nephew of George R. Gauld of Mimico.
The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:
Gauld, William Harvey; Medicine 1919 (1921), Knox.
2nd Can. Div. Cyclists, Pte., Mar. 1915; France, Sept. 1915, Can. Cps. Cyclists; Ypres, Somme, etc.; Invalided Jan. 1917; R.F.c, Cadet, Feb. 1918; Can. Cps. Cyclists, Pte., Apl. 1918; Returned to complete course Oct. 1918.