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Dafoe, Earl Frederick, 2115430, Private (1896-1918)
Daigneault, Phillias Joseph, 189385, Private (1895-)
Dale, Alfred Henry, 2378362, Private (1893-)
Dargavel, William Thomas, 817213, Private (1896-1918)
Dargie, Gordon John, 1060378, Private (1899-)
Darling, George Henry, 636487, Private (1892-)
Davidson, Charles James, 204018, Private (1886-1918)
Davidson, Herbert, 424268, Private (1891-)
Davidson, Matthew Earl, 787124, Private, M.M. (1896-)
Davis, Albert T.E., 53023, Private (1893-)
Davis, Harry Alfred, Lieutenant (1896-1918)
Day, Edward Wayman, 841565, Private (1896-1918)
Day, Frederick, 716115, Private (1894-)
Day, James, 264592, Private (1889-)
Dean, Guy St. Clair, 415565, Sergeant (1896-)
Dean, John, 657132, Private (1896-)
De Bay, Howard G., 68406, Private (1892-)
Defayette, Joseph Henie, 252765, Private (1897-1917)
Demerse, Melvin Sydney, 782397, Sergeant, M.M. (1887-)
Deneen, Francis Leroy, 2413307, Corporal (1890-1918)
Derbyshire, Samuel Wright, 835151, Corporal (1894-)
Desbiens, Charles, 1018222, Private (1889-)
Deumo, David, 225781, Private (1896-1917)
Devoe, Michael Ambrose, 415034, Private (1897-)
Dick, -, Lieutenant
Dickie, John Welcham Vivian, Lieutenant (1883-)
Dillman, Ellis, 57167, Private (1895-)
Dincen, -, Lance Corporal
Dion, Pierre (Peter), 660612, Private (1886-)
Dix, Graham Lathan, 467341, Sergeant, M.S.M. (1892-)
Dobbin, William, 3314012, Private
Dobby, John, 438860, Corporal
Dobson, Charles, 889715, Private
Donald, John Murray, 79728, Lance Corporal, M.M. (1896-)
Donaldson, William, 163314, Private (1884-)
Donnelly, William George, 252398, Private (1887-)
Dorey, George Albert, 488793, Private (1894-)
Dorrance, Samuel Hays, 654781, Private (1887-1918)
Doucette, William, 1057409, Private (1890-)
Douglas, G.N., Lieutenant, M.C.
Doull, Wesley Blakie, 1072053, Private (1895-)
Douthwright, Benjamin Hartly, 818019, Private (1893-)
Dowling, Ambrose Gordon, 488225, Corporal (1897-)
Dowling, Charles Henry, 916183, Private (1888-)
Downing, Percy George, (Orig. #415361), Lieut. (1894-)
Draper, Peter, 2004529, Private (1870-)
Driscoll, Dennis (Red), 140228, Private (1891-1918)
Drummond, William, 805044, Private (1885-)
Drysdale, Thomas, 829715, Private (1889-1918)
Dube, Damase, 449008, Private (1883-1918)
Dudley, Thomas Henning, Lieutenant, M.C. (1884-)
Duffy, Austin Clifford, 663156, Private (1896-)
Duffy, Charles Joseph, 445252, Corporal, M.M. (1894-)
Duggan, Robert Edwin, Captain? (1880-)
Duguay, Edmond, 417012, Private (1885-)
Duke, Claude, 57388, Private (1894-1918)
Dunbar, George, 1018525, Private (1895-)
Duncan, Charles Middleton, 434330, Corporal (1880-)
Duncan, John James, 100862, Sergeant, M.M. (1889-)
Dunham, Roy Everett, 536294, Private (1898-)
Durance, George Henry, 1018527, Private (1881-1918)
Durant, Arthur Stanley, 435505, Private (1882-1916)
Duxbury, Charles Bruce, 910115, Private (1895-1918)
Dwyer, Frank William, 817982, Private (1897-)
Dyble, Richard Harold (or Hudd), 602330, Brigade Sergeant-Major, M.M. (1878-)
Dyer, Reginald, 74320, Corporal (1894-)
Dyson, Albert Roy Emerson, 748348, Private, M.M. (1892-)
Dythe, -, Sergeant

Dafoe, Earl Frederick, 2115430, Private (1896-1918)

Earl Frederick Dafoe was born on 15 October 1896 at Allmosippa, Manitoba, son of the Reverend Fred William Dafoe.  He enlisted with the No. 1 Overseas C.A.S.C. Training Depot at Calgary, Alberta on 29 June 1917, at which time he was unmarried, living at 418, 11th Street North, West Calgary, and working as a motor driver.  He listed his father, also of 11th Street North, West Calgary, as next-of-kin.

Private E.F. Dafoe was killed in action on 11 October 1918, and was buried at Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, Nord (Grave Ref. B.13).  The CWGC database lists his next-of-kin at that time as his father, then of 113 North Street, Vernon, British Columbia.


Daigneault, Phillias Joseph, 189385, Private (1895-)

Phillias Joseph Daigneault was born on 27 May 1895 at Tilbury North Township, Essex County, Ontario.  He enlisted at Tilbury, Ontario on 12 November 1915, where he was working as a printer.  He listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Emma Daigneault, also of Tilbury.  Notes on his attestation paper show that he was transferred from the 91st Battalion to the 186th Battalion on 28 February 1916.

Private P.J. Daigenault was wounded on 3 May 1918.  The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "One gun was hit by shrapnel during barrage and the No. 1 badly wounded."  However there were two others wounded on this day - Ptes. R.S. Wright and W.G. Chaif - so any of the three could be the soldier mentioned.


Dale, Alfred Henry, 2378362, Private (1893-)

Alfred Henry Dale was born on 17 June 1893 at Oasby, Lincolnshire, England, son of George William Dale. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the No. 1 Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 1 December 1917, having received a medical examination at Neepawa, Manitoba on 3 November.  He was unmarried, and working as a farmer at Solsgirth, Manitoba.  He listed his father, still of Oasby, Lincolnshire, as next-of-kin.

Private A.H. Dale was detached to the 21st Canadian Battalion Unit Group 12, "H" Kingston on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dargavel, William Thomas, 817213, Private (1896-1918)

William Thomas Dargavel was born on 2 February 1896 at Molus River, Kent County, New Brunswick, son of James & Nina Dargavel. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 140th Overseas Battalion at St. John, New Brunswick on 22 December 1915, at which time he was working as a farmer, and stated his next-of-kin as Mrs. M. Dargavel, of Molus River.

The Battalion War Diary entry for 8 June 1918 states: "9.50 pm Hostile Barrage lifted from front line to supports at same time three parties of enemy attempted to enter our lines at three different points ... Casualties:- 817213 Pte Dargavel, W.W. [sic], 805300 Pte Wheeler, S.B., 887816 Pte Hammond, G. - Shrapnel wounds."  In fact, as the CWGC on-line database indicates, Private W.T. Dargavel died of his wounds later that day, and was buried at Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension (Grave Ref. II.A.6).


Dargie, Gordon John, 1060378, Private (1899-)

Gordon John Dargie was born on 25 February 1899 at Bridgetown, Anna County, Nova Scotia, son of John Dargie.  He enlisted in the 246th Overseas Battalion at Aldershot, Nova Scotia on 31 May 1917, having previously served for two years with the 76th Colchester Rifles.  He was an unmarried student living at Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, and listed his father, also of Bridgetown, as next-of-kin.

Private G.J. Dargie was wounded on 14 October 1918.


Darling, George Henry, 636487, Private (1892-)

George Henry Darling was born on 18 June 1892 at Tweed, Hastings County, Ontario.  He enlisted in the 155th Overseas Battalion at Tweed, Ontario on 22 January 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a farmer at Chapman, Ontario.  He listed his mother, Lorinda Fleming of Chapman, Ontario, as next-of-kin.

Private G.H. Darling was wounded on 11 October 1918.


Davidson, Charles James, 204018, Private (1886-1918)

Charles James Davidson was born on 17 April 1886 at Canobie, Scotland, son of Robert and Mary Jane Davidson.  When he enlisted in the 96th Battalion at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 6 December 1915, he was living at 807 Avenue I South, Saskatoon, and working as a farmer.  He showed his next-of-kin as his father, living at Byreburnfoot, Canobie, Scotland.

Private C.J. Davidson died on 12 March 1918 "of disease" and was buried at Etaples Militay Cemetery (Grave Ref.XXXI. G. 16A).


Davidson, Herbert, 424268, Private (1891-)

Herbert Davidson was born on 9 January 1891 at Beachburg, Ontario, son of William Davidson.  He enlisted in the 45th Battalion Draft at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on 12 September 1914, at which time he was single and working as a farmer.  He listed his father, still of Beachburg, Ontario, as next-of-kin.

Private H. Davidson was detached to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Davidson, Matthew Earl, 787124, Private, M.M. (1896-)

Matthew Earl Davidson was born on 14 July 1896 at Dalhousie, son of Thomas Davidson.  He enlisted in the 42nd Regiment/130th Overseas Battalion at Perth, Ontario on 13/14 February 1916, at which time he was working as a farmer in Lanark, Ontario.  He stated his next-of-kin to be his father, also of Lanark.

Private M.E. Davidson was wounded on 8 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.  He was awarded the Military Medal on 19 November 1918, and was detached to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Davis, Albert T.E., 53023, Private (1893-)

Albert T.E. Davis was born on 4 May 1893 at Swanscombe, Kent, England.  He enlisted in the 18th Battalion at Galt, Ontario on 4 November 1914, at which time he was working as a labourer.  He listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. John Peach, of 120 Beverley Street, Galt, Ontario.

Private A.T.E. Davis was wounded on 8 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.


Davis, Harry Alfred, Lieutenant (1896-1918)

Harry Alfred Davis was born on 30 Jun 1896 at Springfield, Nova Scotia, son of James A. and Sarah Davis.  He enlisted in the 60th Battalion at Aldershot, Nova Scotia on 9 August 1915.  He was working as a miner, and listed his next-of-kin as his father, then at P.O. Springfield, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.

Lieut. H.A. Davis is shown as being in "C" Battery of No. 1 Company in the April 1918 Nominal Roll of the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps, on attachment from the 24th (Canadian Infantry) Battalion.  He remained there through the months of June and July, and was wounded on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.  His attestation paper states that he died of wounds in England.  The CWGC on-line database states that Lt. Davis died of wounds on 7 September 1918, and was buried at Epsom Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom (Grave Ref. K.91).


Day, Edward Wayman, 841565, Private (1896-1918)

Edward Wayman Day was born on 21 December 1896 at Lennoxville, Quebec, son of Mr. Frederick B. Day.  He enlisted in the 148th Overseas Battalion at Montreal, Quebec on 21 February 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a Postr Office clerk in Lennoxville, Quebec.  He listed his father, also of Lennoxville, as next-of-kin.

Private E.W. Day died on 3 October 1918, of wounds received, and was buried at Triangle Cemetery, Inchy-en-Artois, Pas de Calais (Grave Ref. A.3).


Day, Frederick, 716115, Private (1894-)

Frederick Day was born on 4 October 1894 at Fredericton, New Brunswick, son of William Day.  He enlisted in the 10?th Battalion (Nova Scotia Rifles) at Pictou, Nova Scotia on 13 March 1916, at which time he was a single steel worker, living at Westville.  He listed his father, then of Carbinear?, Newfoundland, as next-of-kin.

Private F. Day was wounded on 11 October 1918.


Day, James, 264592, Private (1889-)

James Day was born on 26 May 1889 at Wiarton, Ontario.  He enlisted in the 213th Battalion at Camp Borden, Ontario on 3 October 1916, at which time he was working as a fireman at Wiarton, Ontario, and listed his mother, Mrs Aleck Day, also of Wiarton, as next-of-kin.  On 24 October 1916, he was transferred to the 173rd Battalion.

Private J. Day was wounded on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras.


Dean, Guy St. Clair, 415565, Sergeant (1896-)

Guy St. Clair Dean was born on 30 June 1896.

Sergeant G.St.C. Dean was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dean, John, 657132, Private (1896-)

John Dean was born on 9 July 1896 at Macher Township.  He enlisted in the 163rd Overseas Battalion at South River on 3 Feb 1916, at which time he was working as a trackman at South River.  He listed his aunt Mrs. Frank Shields, also of South River, as next-of-kin.

On 24 October 1918, Private Dean wrote a letter to the family of Pte. C.B. Duxbury, relating how he was present at the latter's death near Inchey, on the day of their attack on Bourlon Wood, some six months earlier.  At the time of writing the letter, Pte. Dean appears to have been on a hospital ship.


De Bay, Howard G., 68406, Private (1892-)

Howard G. De Bay was born on 1 May 1893 (or 1892, according to his attestation paper) at Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia, son of Angus De Bay. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 15 March 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a labourer.  He listed his father, still of Ship Harbour, as next-of-kin.

Private H.G. De Bay was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Defayette, Joseph Henie, 252765, Private (1897-1917)

Joseph Henie Defayette was born on 1 October 1897 at St. Jerome, Quebec.  When he was attested into the 209th Overseas Battalion C.E.F. at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on 11 Paril 1916, he gave his next-of-kin as his sister Alice Defayette, so presumably his parents were by that time deceased.  He described himself as a farmer at Nadeauville, Saskatchewan. [Attestation Paper, National Archives of Canada]

He was killed by shell fire on the morning of 9th April 1917 during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The CWGC web site states that he was a member of the 28th (Saskatchewan) Infantry Battalion, and was buried at the Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thelus (Ref. IV.D.14).  The War Diary for the 6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company mentions him by name, and states that he was one of two soldiers - the other was Oscar French - in No. 2 Section to be killed by shell fire.  This must have been after Nos. 1 and 2 Section machine-gun crews established their positions close to the "Red Line" on the Les Tilleuls-Petit Vimy road, shortly after 9 a.m. 

Presumably he had been attached to the latter company from the 28th Bn.  Donald Fraser mentions the Vimy casualties in his diary (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books): "Wednesday 11th April 1917 - I understand our Company's casulaties were twelve.  Horsfall, French and a new battalion man who was attached to us were killed ..."


Demerse (deMerse/Domerse), Melvin Sydney, 782397, Sergeant, M.M. (1887-)

Melvin Sydney Demerse was born on 7 September 1887 at La Chute, Quebec, son of Mack Demerse.  He enlisted in the 128th Overseas Battalion at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 11 April 1916, at which time he was working as a farmer at Dummer, Saskatchewan.  He stated his next-of-kin to be his father, then of Truax, Saskatchewan.

Sergeant M.S. Demerse was awarded the Military Medal on 24 May 1918.  Then, in a report on the actions of No. 3 Company on 27 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras, he was mentioned again: "On the 27th 'M' Battery was ordered to advance to positions in support of 'J' Battery.  The guns were accordingly moved to positions in O.14.c. and O.20.c. and covered the advance of 'J' Battery.  Early in the advance two N.C.O's of this Battery were severely wounded, viz:- Sgt. DeMerse and Sgt Duffy, but they persisted in carrying on and succeeded in leading their crews through to the first objective from which place they were sent out."  A list of casualties compiled at the end of that month suggests that he was wounded on 26 August 1918.


Deneen, Francis Leroy, 2413307, Corporal (1890-1918)

Francis Leroy Deneen was born on 2 December 1890 at Owendale, Michigan, U.S.A., son of Ed. & Ida Deneen.  He enlisted in the 95th Battalion (Saskatchewan Rifles) at Regina, Saskatchewan on 11 June 1917, at which time he was unmarried and working as a mechanic at Mossbank, Saskatchewan.  He listed his mother, then of Gagetown, Michigan, U.S.A., as next-of-kin.

Private F.L. Deneen was wounded on 11 October 1918.  He died nearly seven weeks later on 27 November 1918, and was buried at Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime (Grave Ref. G.14B).


Derbyshire, Samuel Wright, 835151, Corporal (1894-)

Samuel Wright Derbyshire was born on 15 September 1894 at Westport, Leeds County, Ontario, and enlisted in the 146th Overseas Battalion at Westport, Ontario on 19 December 1915.  He was single and working as a farmer in Westport, and listed Sarah Derbyshire, also of Westport, as next-of-kin.

Corporal S.W. Derbyshire was wounded on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras.


Desbiens, Charles, 1018222, Private (1889-)

Charles Desbiens was born on 13 October 1889 at Chicoutimi, Quebec.  He enlisted in the 222nd Battalion at North Battleford, Saskatchewan on 17 April 1916.  At the time he was living at Boutin, Saskatchewan and working as a farmer.  He listed his next-of-kin as his mother Mina Labalge, of Chicoutimi, Quebec.

Private C. Desbiens was wounded on 11 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.


Deumo, David, 225781, Private (1896-1917)

David Deumo was born on 7 March 1896 at Lancaster, Lancashire, England, son of George E. Deumo, later of Thorold, Ontario.  He enlisted in the Depot Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles (C.M.R.) at St. Catharine's, Ontario on 28 April 1916, at which time he was a machinest [sic] of Thorold, Ontario.

Private Deumo died on 9 May 1917, and was buried at Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension (Grave Ref. G.14).  Many of the graves in this cemetery at this time were burials of Canadian soldiers by the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station, and David Deumo was probably one of the casualties of the artillery bombardment with which the Germans subjected the Allied lines in early May.  Many of the causualties were gassed.


Devoe, Michael Ambrose, 415034, Private (1897-)

Michael Ambrose Devoe was born on 11 September 1897 at Little Bros. D'Ore, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, son of Joseph Devoe.  He enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Valcartier, Quebec on 13 July 1915, although a note on his attestation paper suggests he was subsequently transferred to the 25th Battalion.  He was single and working as an electrician at the time of his enlistment, and listed his father, then of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.

Private M.A. Devoe was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dick, -, Lieutenant

"18 April 1917 - ... 4 guns of the 14th Cdn M.G. Coy under Lt DICK reported at Hdqrs for indirect fire work." [War Diary]


Dickerson, Jesse Varnum, 787918, Private (1891-)

Jesse Varnum Dickerson was born on 24 October 1891 at Warren, Rhode Island, U.S.A.  He enlisted in the 130th Battalion (via the 42nd Regiment) at Almonie on 17 December 1915, at which time he was married and working as a weaver.  He listed his wife Pearl Helena Dickerson, of Almonte, P.O. Ontario, as next-of-kin.

Private J.V. Dickerson was detached to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dickie, John Welcham Vivian, Lieutenant (1883-)

John Welcham Vivian Dickie was born on 16 October 1883 at Chakrata, India, the son of General J.E. Dickie.  By the time he enlisted at Fort Frances, Ontario on 1 February 1915, he had served in "Paget's Horse and I.B.C.", and was married and practicing as an engineer.  He gave his father as next-of-kin, living at Hilcot, Battledown Tor, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

Lt. Dickie arrived at the 6th Brigade CMG Company on 2 December 1916, while they were based in the Bajolle-Souchez sector.  On 16 January 1917 he proceeded on special map-reading course at Pernes.  Then from 19 March until 13 April, he proceeded to a Machine gun School at Camiers, missing the entire Battle of Vimy Ridge.  On 19 April, he was in joint command of No. 2 Section. On 3 May, the company supported an infantry attack in which "2 Mobile guns under Lt. Dickie moved forward with the 27th Bn."  Two days later, "Lt. J.W.V. Dickie slightly gassed."

The Nominal Rolls accompanying the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps War Diaires show Lieut. Dickie back in the unit in May and July 1918 (in "H" and "G" Batteries, respectively), so he obviously recovered sufficiently to return to duty, at least temporarily.


Dillman, Ellis, 57167, Private (1895-)

Ellis Dillman was born on 23 April 1895 at Newmarket, Ontario. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 20th Battalion at Toronto, Ontario on 12 November 1914, at which time he was working as a lineman.  He listed his next-of-kin as Peter E. Dillman, of Newmarket, Ontario.

Private E. Dillman was wounded on 8 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.


Dincen, -, Lance Corporal

Donald Fraser, in his diary (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books) mentioned awards that were made on 30 May for the attack on Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917: "... today we are notified of the Vimy honours for the company.  Decorations are fast falling into disrepute as most of them by far are given for no outstanding service, and as a certain number of awards are allotted to each unit, they have to be distributed.  At Vimy there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary done by our fellows.  The artillery took such good care of the enemy that there was nothing much for us to do but to move to our objective with little opposition.  In spite of this ... L/Cpl. Olmstead and Dincen were awarded M.M.'s.  It is too bad that the decorations are not granted for bravery exclusively."


Dion, Pierre (Peter), 660612, Private (1886-)

Pierre Dion was born on 14 May 1886 at Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, and enlisted in the 163rd Battalion (F.C.) at Montreal, Quebec on 20 March 1916.  He was single, working in Ham Sud, Quebec, as a paper maker, and listed his next-of-kin as his sister, Léentine Dion of Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.

Private P. Dion was wounded on 27 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras.


Dix, Graham Lathan, 467341, Sergeant, M.S.M. (1892-)

Graham Lathan Dix was born on 4 June 1892 at Kensington, London, England. [Family Notes]  He enlisted at Edmonton, Alberta on 29 September 1915, having served for two years in the Yeomanry.  At the time of his enlistment he was single and working as a teamster.  He listed John Dix of Sessions House, Clerkenwell, London, England - presumably his father - as next-of-kin.

Sergeant G.L. Dix was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on 1 January 1919.


Dobbin, William, 3314012, Private

Private William Dobbin was wounded on 10 October 1918.


Dobby, John, 438860, Corporal

Corporal John Dobby was detached to the 24th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 7, "F" Montreal on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dobson, Charles, 889715, Private

Private Charles T. Dobson was wounded on 10 September 1918.  The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "'E' Battery relieved 'F' Battery and 'H' Battery relieved 'G' Battery.  Great deal of difficulty was experienced in making relief owing to guns being changed in their positions.  Six casualties were caused by enemy shelling during relief and two tripods hit."

Private C.T. Dobson was detached to the 26th Battalion, Unit Group No. 3 "C" St. John on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Donald, John Murray, 79728, Lance Corporal, M.M. (1896-)

John Donald was born on 18 August 1896 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  At the time of his enlistment in the 31st Battalion at Calgary, Alberta, on 24 November 1914, he listed his next-of-kin as E.B. Donald, of Heart Lake, P.O. Alberta, and described himself as a farmer.

On 1 February 1916, shortly after the 6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company had been formed, and was based in the Ypres Front, he was mentioned in the company War Diary as follows: "No 79728 Pte J.M. Donald sent to hospital with bad cold."

Private Donald again saw action in the Battle of Passchendale on 6 November 1917.  The following is an extract from the 6th Brigade CMG Company War Diary for that day: "The Mobile guns under Lieut. Pearce had taken up a favorable position in Rear of the 28th Bn. being settled in funk-holes by 12.30 a.m. At Zero hour these 2 guns went over in rear of Bn. and got into positions ... Guns were in position at 8 a.m. with a clear field of fire of 1000 yards. Guns were dismounted as soon as it was seen that the infantry had reached objective and were again mounted at dusk. These guns were subjected to heavy shelling with numerous casualties. No. 8 gun having only its No. 1 L/Cpl J.M. Donald left. Although wounded he stuck to his post until Battery was relieved. Total Casualties for the day were 3 O.R's killed 20 O.R's wounded and 1 O.R. missing."

During December 1917, Corporal J.M. Donald was awarded the Military Medal.  A later list of awards suggests that the date of this award was 12 March 1918.


Donaldson, William, 163314, Private (1884-)

William Donaldson was born on 22 July 1884 at Glasgow, Scotland, son of James C. Donaldson.  He enlisted in the 37th Battalion at Toronto, Ontario on 27 July 1915, having served for six years in the 4th Irish Rifles.  He had been working as a labourer, and stated his next-of-kin to be his father, then of 159 McClare Street, Belfast, Ireland.

Private W. Donaldson was wounded on 8 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.


Donnelly, William George, 252398, Private (1887-)

William George Donnelly was born on 29 December 1887 at Ormstown, Quebec.  He enlisted in the 209th Overseas Battalion at Swift Current, Saskatchewan on 8 March 1916, having had four years training with the 6th Hussars in Quebec.  He was working as a farmer at Vanguard, Saskatchewan.  At the time of his enlistment, he stated that, while he was married, he had "not lived with his wife for over 1 yr.", and listed his mother, Mrs. Catherine Donnelly of 26 Marin Avenue, St. Henry, Montreal, as next-of-kin.  This was later changed to his wife, Mrs. A.E. Donnelly of 207, 3rd Avenue, Calgary, Alberta.

Private W.G. Donnelly was detached to the 24th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 7, "F" Montreal on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dorey, George Albert, 488793, Private (1894-)

George Albert Dorey was born on 21 September 1894 at French Village (later called Tantallon), Halifax County, Nova Scotia, son of Nehmiah Dorey. [Family Notes]  He enlisted at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 30 November 1915, at which time he was unmarried, working as a labourer at Tantallon, and an active militia member of the 63rd Regiment.  He listed his father, also of Tantallon, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.

Private G.A. Dorey was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dorrance, Samuel Hays, 654781, Private (1887-1918)

Samuel Hays Dorrance was born on 7 November 1887 at McKillop Township, Huron County, Ontario, son of Mr & Mrs S. Dorrance (later of Seaforth, Ontario). [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 161st (Huron) Battalion at Seaforth, Ontario on 8 May 1916, at which time he was married and working as a chauffeur at Seaforth, Huron County, Ontario.  He listed his wife Mrs May Dorrance as next-of-kin.

Private S.H. Dorrance died of wounds on 6 September 1918, and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais (Grave Ref. VII.F.12).  His name is commemmorated on the 161st (Huron) Battalion website.


Doucette, William, 1057409, Private (1890-)

William Doucette was born on 10 May 1890 at Prince Edward Island.  He enlisted in the 245th Overseas Battalion at Montreal, Quebec on 5 April 1917, at which time he was unmarried and working as a labourer at Prince Edward Island.  He listed his mother Mrs. E. Doucette, also of P.E.I., as next-of-kin.

Private W. Doucette was detached to the 25th Cdn. Battalion, Unit Group No. 1 "A" Charlottetown on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Douglas, G.N., Lieutenant, M.C.

The first mention of Lieutenant G.N. Douglas in the War Diary of the 6th Bde CMG Coy. was between 5 and 6 April 1916, at which time he appeared to be in charge of machine-gun crews from 25th Infantry Battalion, attached to the company during the Battle of St Eloi Craters.  Then on 1 August, the War Diary states that he proceeded on leave, suggesting that he was actually a member of the company.

On 15 September, two guns of No. 1 Section under Lt. Douglas were dispatched and took up defensive positions with the 27th Battalion, in preparation for the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.  Then on 21 December, after the company had moved to the Bajolle-Souchez Sector and HQ was based at Aix Noulette, Lt. Douglas proceeded to England on leave.  Between 11 and 15 January, at Bois Noulette, he assumed command of company during the absence of the O.C.  Two days later, on 17 January, he joined the newly formed 14th Bde CMG Company with Lt Basevi.  Several sources in the 6th Bde CMG Coy War Diary indicate that he was with the 14th throughout 1917.

The War Diaries and various Operation Orders for the 2nd Bn CMG Corps indicate that Lt Douglas was Adjutant for the Battalion between March 1918 and January 1919.  On 21 December 1918, Capt Douglas proceeded on leave to England, having been recently promoted, and on 1 January 1919, was awarded the Military Cross.


Doull, Wesley Blakie, 1072053, Private (1895-)

Wesley Blakie Doull was born on 5 April 1895 at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, son of John D. Doull.  He enlisted in the 250th Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 4 November 1916, having previously served for three months with the 78th Pictou Highlanders.  He was living at the St. Regis Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and working as a merchant.  He listed his father, of MacKay Street, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.

Private W.B. Doull was gassed on 14 September 1918.  The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "Enemy shelled with gas shells in forward area and caused strong concentration.  13 O.R's gassed.  Shells used by enemy were all H.E. containing small portion of gas."  He was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Douthwright, Benjamin Hartly, 818019, Private (1893-)

Benjamin Hartly Douthwright was born on 8 June 1893 at Forest Glen, Westmoreland County, New Brunswick, son of Henry Douthwright.  He enlisted in the 140th Overseas Battalion at West St. John, New Brunswick on 22 March 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a farmer at Forest Glen, Westmoreland County.  He listed his father, also of Forest Glen, as next-of-kin.

Private B.H. Douthwright was detached to the 26th Battalion, Unit Group No. 3 "C" St. John on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dowling, Ambrose Gordon, 488225, Corporal (1897-)

Ambrose Gordon Dowling was born at Neil's Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, son of Ambrose Dowling. [Family Notes]  He enlisted at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 November 1915.  His attestation paper states his date of birth as 28 October 1897, but other records give 31 October 1886.  He was unmarried and working as a fisherman.  He listed his father, still of Neil's Harbour, Cape Breton, as next-of-kin.

Corporal A.G. Dowling was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Dowling, Charles Henry, 916183, Private (1888-)

Charles Henry Dowling was born on 27 August 1888 at Berkshire, England. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 198th Battalion at Toronto, Ontario on 2 March 1916, having served in the Q.O.R. as  Private for seven months.  He was working as an electrician, and listed his next-of-kin as his wife, Susie Alice Dowling, of 1081 Davenport Road, Toronto.

Private C.H. Dowling was wounded on 10 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens.


Downing, Percy George, (Orig. #415361), Lieutenant (1894-)

Percy George Downing was born on 15 March 1894 at Sydney, Nova Scotia.  When he enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Sydney, Nova Scotia on 13 August 1915, he was working as a bank clerk, and he described his next-of-kin as  J.J. Downing, of Riverside, A. Co., Nova Scotia.

On 29 April 1917, while the company was based in the Vimy Ridge area, Lieutenants G.P. Downing and T.A. Potts reported for duty with 28 O.R.s from the base.  Between 8 and 10 May, he was in joint command of guns which moved back into line in a position 300 yards in front of the Farbus-Vimy Railway Embankment.  On 1 July he was admitted to hospital, and was not mentioned further in the War Diaries.


Draper, Peter, 2004529, Private (1870-)

Peter Draper was born on 26 December 1870 at Southampton, New Brunswick. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the Yukon Infantry Company at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on 12 October 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a miner at Livingstone Creek, Yukon Territory.  He listed his brother, Samuel Draper of Temperancevale, York County, New Brunswick, as next-of-kin.

Private P. Draper was detached to the 26th Battalion, Unit Group No. 3 "C" St. John on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Driscoll, Dennis (Red), 140228, Private (1891-1918)

Dennis Driscoll was born on 28 December 1891 at Ottawa, Ontario, son of Mr D. & Mrs Mary D. Driscoll (later of 36 Taylor Street, and 120 Duchess Street, Toronto, Ontario).  He enlisted in the 7th Battalion on 6 August 1915 at Toronto, Ontario, at which time he was unmarried, and working as a printing press feeder.

Donald Fraser recalled the following incident in his diary (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books) on Fridy, 29 December 1916, while the company was in trenches in the Bajolle-Souchez sector, at the north end of Vimy Ridge: "This is the opportunity for sniping and indirect machine-gun fire.  The other night, while emptying sandbags, a bullet whistled past Driscoll's head and struck corrugated iron a few inches from my feet and sent sparks flying."

Red Driscoll died on 27 September 1918, and was buried at the Cagnicourt British Cemetery (Grave Ref. I.B.9).  The following is an extract from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission data base: "Cagnicourt was captured by British troops on the 2nd September, 1918, in the Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line; and this cemetery was begun after the battle, alongside a German cemetery (now removed). It was used until the middle of October, 1918, when it contained 89 graves, and it was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields over a wide area round Cagnicourt." 

The 2nd Battalion CMG Corps War Diary has the following entry for 27 September 1918:
"5.20 am (ZERO HOUR.) All guns opened up on barrage as laid down on Barrage Map
5.30 ... The enemy retaliation was not heavy but the following casualties occurred:- ... 140228 Pte. Driscoll D.
It was not possible to engage direct targets as smoke obscured observation."
Perhaps he died of wounds received, shortly after being transferred to a Field Ambulance.


Drummond, William, 805044, Private (1885-)

William Drummond was born on 1 March 1885 at Dundee, Scotland, and enlisted in the 136th Overseas Battalion at Bowmanville on 4 December 1915.  He was married, and listed his wife Elizabeth Drummond as next-of-kin.  He was working as a carpenter.

Private W. Drummond was wounded on 26 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras.


Drysdale, Thomas, 829715, Private (1889-1918)

Thomas Drysdale was born on 22 April 1889 at Kirkcudbright, Scotland, son of Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm Drysdale.  When he enlisted at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 8 December 1915, he was working as a farm labourer and living at Brunswick Hotel, Winnipeg. He gave his father, of Willowfield, Llochmaben (or Loch Maver), Dumfriesshire, Scotland, as his next-of-kin.

Donald Fraser includes the following entry in his diary (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books): "Friday, 17 August 1917 - This morning a party went forward and brought out one of our guns that had been smashed by shrapnel, the muzzle cap being broken and the jacket perforated ... Later on in the day another went out to look for Elmer Bishop but it appeared a burial party had picked him up.  Quite a number of our dead were lying around.  In addition to Campbell and Bishop, Muirhead was slightly gassed and Drysdale and Forbes were wounded."

Private Drysdale was killed on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras. He was buried at Sun Quarry Cemetery, Cherisy (Grave Ref. D.20).


Dube, Damase, 449008, Private (1883-1918)

Damase Dube was born on 9 January 1883 at Notre Dame Parish, Ottawa, Ontario, son of Damase Dube & his wife Albina Cardinal.  He enlisted at Hull, Quebec on 10 January 1916, having served in the 70th Regiment in Hull.  At the time of his enlistment, he was working as a labourer.  He listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Albina Cardinal, of 32 Durocher Street, Eastview, Ottawa, Ontario.

Private D. Dube died on 28 August 1918, aged 34, during the Battle of Arras.  His name is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.  The CWGC on-line database states his next-of-kin at the time of his death to have been his parents, then of 69 Overton St., Eastview, Ontario.


Dube, Jacques Richard, 889551, Private (1893-)

Jacques Richard Dube was born on 15 January 1893, son of Joseph Dube.  He enlisted at Rimousti on 25 March 1916, at which time he was working as a journeyman at Rimousti, and listed his mother as next-of-kin.

Private J.R. Dube was wounded on 1 October 1918.


Dudley, Thomas Henning, (Orig. #71374), Lieutenant, M.C. (1884-)
 
Thomas Henning Dudley was born on 11 August 1884 in London, England.  He enlisted in the 27th Battalion at Winnipeg, Alberta on 26 October 1914, when he showed his occupation as brakeman, and his next-of-kin as Mrs. C. Dudley, presumably his mother, since he was unmarried. He also stated that he was a member of an active militia.  He presumably gained his commission during the war.
Lt. Dudley first appears in the 2nd Bn CMG War Diaries in March 1918, when he is shown as being in "A" Battery, No. 1 Coy, attached from 27th Bn.  He remained in this unit, probably as a section commander, until August.  During the Battle of Arras, on 26 August 1918, he took command of "A" Battery and established gun positions at Ulster Trench, where attacks by the enemy were repulsed.  Soon after this, he appears to have been promoted to Captain, although some sourses describe him as "A/Capt". On 5 October 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross.

The Nominal Roll for October 1918 shows Capt. T.H. Dudley M.C. as O.C. "K" Battery, No. 3 Company, although on leave, at that time, and he was there until some time in December. By the end of that month he had become O.C. "J" Battery, No. 3 Company, and remained there until at least 28 March 1919.


Duffy, Austin Clifford, 663156, Private (1896-)

Austin Clifford Duffy was born on 7 July 1896 at East Garafraxa.  He enlisted in the 164th Battalion at the village of Grand Valley, Ontario on 2 December 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a clerk at Grand Valley.  He listed his mother Elizabeth Duffy, also of Grand Valley, as next-of-kin.

Private A.C. Duffy was wounded in October 1918.


Duffy, Charles Joseph, 445252, Corporal, M.M. (1894-)

Charles Joseph Duffy was born on 21 July 1894 at St. John, New Brunswick, son of John Duffy. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 55th Battalion at Sussex, New Brunswick on 17 July 1915, at which time he was working as a carpenter, and had served with the No. 7 Army Service Corps for one year.  He stated his next-of-kin to be his father, still of St. John, New Brunswick.

Corporal C.J. Duffy was awarded the Military Medal on 24 May 1918.  Cpl. Duffy of No. 3 Company was mentioned in the Battalion War Diary entry for 8 August 1918, describing the action during the Battle of Amiens: "One of the most brilliant exploits of the day was performed by 445252 Corporal C.J. DUFFY, of No. 3 Company.  Finding his Section was held up by hostile machine guns directly in front, Lieut. I.G. MacLAREN told Cpl. DUFFY to edge round and open fire from a flank so as to draw the fire of the Guns to that quarter.  Cpl DUFFY moved round so far that he found himself all alone behind the two Guns, which he rushed and captured with their crews singlehanded."  In a report on "M" Battery, No. 3 Company's part on the operation, Lt.-Col. Weir wrote: "Lieut. McLAREN after jumping off followed the Railway track with his Section and reached his objective very quickly, capturing several M.G's on the way up.  One Gun which was holding up a party of our Infantry was rushed single handed by Cpl DUFFY.  He attacked it from behind, killing the two surviving Germans who were serving the Gun.  Upon reaching their objective the Section got into action and claim many Bosche, who were running away.  Casualties 2 Officers Wounded, and Other Ranks 2 killed and ?? wounded."

In a report on the actions of No. 3 Company on 27 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras, there was a further mention of Duffy, by this time apparently promoted to the rank of (Acting?) Sergeant: "On the 27th 'M' Battery was ordered to advance to positions in support of 'J' Battery.  The guns were accordingly moved to positions in O.14.c. and O.20.c. and covered the advance of 'J' Battery.  Early in the advance two N.C.O's of this Battery were severely wounded, viz:- Sgt. DeMerse and Sgt Duffy, but they persisted in carrying on and succeeded in leading their crews through to the first objective from which place they were sent out."  A list of casualties compiled at the end of the month shows Cpl. C.J. Duffy to have been wounded 26 August.


Duggan, Robert Edwin, Captain? (1880-)

Robert Edwin Duggan was born on 17 July 1880 at Brampton, Ontario.  He enlisted at Niagara Camp, Ontario on 11 August 1915, having served for two years as an O.R. on the 97th Regiment.  At the time of his enlistment, he stated that he was a gentleman, married, and an active member of the 12th Regiment Y.R.  He listed his wife, Emily Ellen Duggan of 6 Conduit Street, Toronto, Ontario, as next-of-kin.

The 2nd Battalion CMG Corps Nominal Roll for October 1918 shows Captain R.E. Duggan in "H" Battery No. 2 Company, where he remained until the end of March 1919.


Duguay, Edmond, 417012, Private (1885-)

Edmond Duguay was born on 19 May 1885 at Lance Au Gascon, Quebec.  He enlisted in the 41st Battalion at Hull, Quebec on 24 March 1915, at which time he was single, working as a labourer, and an active member of the 70th Regiment, of Hull, Quebec.  He listed Andre Duguay, also of Lance Au Gascon, Quebec, as next-of-kin.

Private E. Duguay was detached to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.


Duke, Claude, 57388, Private (1894-1918)

Claude Duke was born in September 1894 at White Edward, Ontario, son of D.M. and Margaret Fleming Duke.  He enlisted in the 20th Battalion at Toronto, Ontario in September 1914 - although his attestation paper gives a date of 12 November 1914 - at which time he was a student.  He listed his next-of-kin as D.M. Duke of 1042, 8th Street, East Calgary, Alberta.

Private C. Duke died on 26 August 1918, according to the Battalion War Diary, of wounds received, and was buried at Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt, Pas de Calais (Grave Ref. D.27).  His parents were then listed as living at Field, British Columbia.


Dunbar, George, 1018525, Private (1895-)

George Dunbar was born on 28 October 1895 at Eazell, Forfarshire, Scotland, son of Joseph Dunbar.  He enlisted in the 232nd Battalion at North Battleford, Saskatchewan on 24 June 1916, at which time he was single and working as a farmer at St Walburg, Saskatchewan.  He listed his father, then of Drumgreen, Forfarshire, Scotland, as next-of-kin.

Private G. Dunbar was gassed on 14 September 1918.  The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "Enemy shelled with gas shells in forward area and caused strong concentration.  13 O.R's gassed.  Shells used by enemy were all H.E. containing small portion of gas."  He must have recovered sufficiently to return to duty, because the War Diary shows him to have been detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax. "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilization.


Duncan, Charles Middleton, 434330, Corporal (1880-)

Charles Middleton Duncan was born on 20 April 1880 at Aberdeen, Scotland.  He enlisted in the 50th Battalion at Calgary, Alberta on 20 January 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a teamster.  He listed George Duncan of 62 Isabell Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, as his next-of-kin.

Private C.M. Duncan was gassed on 14 September 1918.  The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "Enemy shelled with gas shells in forward area and caused strong concentration.  13 O.R's gassed.  Shells used by enemy were all H.E. containing small portion of gas."


Duncan, John James, 100862, Sergeant, M.M. (1889-)

John James Duncan was born on 24 March 1889 at Dundalk, Grey County, Ontario, son of J.J. Duncan.  He enlisted in the 68th Overseas Battalion at Edmonton, Alberta on 14 July 1915, at which time he was working as a farmer.  He listed his father, of Grey County, Ontario, as next-of-kin.

On 24 May 1918, Sergeant J.J. Duncan was awarded the Military Medal. He was wounded on 29 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras.


Dunham, Roy Everett, 536294, Private (1898-)

Roy Everett Dunham was born on 25 June 1899 (although he stated 1898 on his attestation paper) at St. John, New Brunswick, son of Malcolm E. Dunham. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 236th Overseas Battalion (The New Brunswick Kilties - Sir Sam's Own) at St. John. New Brunswick on 21 August 1916, although he was later transferred or assigned to the No. VIII Overseas Field Ambulance Depot.  At the time of his enlistment, he was unmarried, working as a teamster, and living at 49 Adelaide Street, St. John.  He listed his father, then of 57 Saunders Street, St. John, New Brunswick, as next-of-kin.

Private R.E. Dunham was detached to the 26th Battalion, Unit Group No. 3 "C" St. John on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilization.


Durance, George Henry, 1018527, Private (1881-1918)

George Henry Durance was born on 5 February 1881 at Leicester, Leicestershire, England, son of James & Elizabeth Durance (later of Maynard Road, Leicester).  At the time of the 1901 Census, he was working as a tailor's assistant at Hackney, in London.  He enlisted in the 232nd Battalion at North Battleford, Saskatchewan on 27th Jun 1916, at which time he was working as a farmer at Forest Hall, Saskatchewan.  He showed his next-of-kin as his brother, Arthur Durance, also of Forest Hall, Saskatchewan. [Family Notes]

Private G.H. Durance died on 8 August 1918, of wounds received during the Battle of Amiens, and was buried at Longueau British Cemetery, Somme (Grave Ref. III.A.5).


Durant, Arthur Stanley, 435505, Private (1882-1916)

Arthur Durant was born on 21 August 1882 in Eccles, Lancashire, England. [Family Notes]  In April 1901, he was working as a glove dealer in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England.  He served with the 3rd Middlesex R.F.A. for five years, and enlisted in the 50th Battalion at Calgary, Alberta on 10 July 1915, when he showed his occupation as a butcher.  At this time he stated that although he was married, he was "not living with [his] wife", and stated his next-of-kin to be Miss B Durant of 4 Richmond Hill, Bourdon, Cheshire, England.  The Nominal Roll of the 50th Battalion shows that he had previously served in the Imperial Forces.

He was one of two 6th Bde. CMG Coy. soldiers - the other was A Shepherd - killed on 5 June 1916 during a major German attack and bombardment on the front lines near Ypres, part of the Battle of Mount Sorrel.  His name is commemmorated on Panel 32 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.


Duxbury, Charles Bruce, 910115, Private, M.M. (1895-1918)

Charles Bruce Duxbury (aka Duxberry) was born on 7 February 1895 at Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England, son of Charles Richard and Frances Duxbury. [Family Notes]  His father had emigrated to Canada in 1884.  The rest of the family, together with a cousin Frances who Charles later married, went out to join him at Elkhorn, Manitoba in 1887.  Presumably Frances returned to Oswaldtwistle for the birth of their son Charles Bruce.  He enlisted in the 196th Overseas Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba, at which time he was a student, living at Elkhorn, Manitoba.  He listed his next-of-kin as his father, still of Elkhorn (later shown living in Winnipeg, Manitoba), and stated that he was a member of an active militia, the C.O.T.C.

Private C.B. Duxbury was awarded the Military Medal on 12 March 1918.  He died a month later, on 11 April 1918, of wounds received, and was buried at Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme (Grave Ref. B.7).  The following was transcribed from a letter, probably received by the next-of-kin, written some time after his death by a fellow soldier, Private J. Dean:
 

Havre
24 October 1918
2nd Canadian M.G.C.

Re: Duxbury C.B.  910115

D/W April 11th 1918 at 2/1 London Field Ambulance

I saw him hit by a shell and he died about an hour afterwards where he fell.  He was buried in the same place.  I saw the cross which was put there with his name etc on it.  This was on the day we attacked Bourlon Wood.  I think the place where this happened is near Inchey.  I knew Duxbury faily [sic] well.

Inf: - Private J. Dean 657132
        2nd Canadian M.G.C.
        Hospital Ship

    WSM         CP

This transcript was kindly provided by James Kenney, whose mother was a cousin of CB Duxbury.


Dwyer, Frank William, 817982, Private (1897-)

Frank William Dwyer was born on 25 November 1897 at St. John, New Brunswick. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 140th Overseas Battalion at St. John, New Brunswick on 17 March 1916, at which time he was single and working as a packer.  He was living with his mother Mrs. Katherine (Caroline?) Dwyer, whom he listed as next-of-kin, at 74 Wall Street, St. John, New Brunswick.

Private F.W. Dwyer was detached to the 26th Battalion, Unit Group No. 3 "C" St. John on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilization.


Dyble, Richard Harold (or Hudd), 602330, Brigade Sergeant-Major, M.M. (1878-)

Richard Harold (or Hudd) Dyble was born on 2 January 1878 at Sarnia, Ontario.  He enlisted at Sarnia, Ontario on 11 January 1915, at which time he was married and working as a plumber and steam fitter.  He listed his wife, Gertrude Edith Dyble of 489 North Christina Street, Sarnia, Ontario, as next-of-kin.

Acting Brigade Sergeant-Major R.H. Dyble was awarded the Military Medal on 11 January 1919.


Dyer, Reginald, 74320, Corporal (1894-)

Reginald Dyer was born on 17 January 1894 at West Lydford, Taunton, Somerset, England. [Family Notes]  He enlisted in the 28th Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 26 April 1915, having previously served with the 52nd Battalion for six months.  He was single and listed his mother, Mrs. V. Dyer of West Lydford, Taunton, Somerset, England, as next-of-kin.

Private R. Dyer was wounded on 11 October 1918.


Dyson, Albert Roy Emerson, 748348, Private, M.M. (1892-)

Albert Roy Emerson Dyson was born on 15 September 1892 at Way's Mills, Barnston, Quebec, son of A.W. Dyson.  He enlisted in the 117th (Eastern Townships) Overseas Battalion at Rock Island, Quebec on 3 January 1916, having received a medical examination the same day at Stanstead Plain, at which time he was an active militia member of the 26th Stanstead Dragoons.  He was unmarried and working as the superintendent of a garment factory at Rock Island, Quebec.  He listed his father, then of Way's Mills, Barnston, Quebec, as next-of-kin.

Private A.R.E. Dyson was recommended for the Military Medal for his actions in the Battle of Cambrai, between 9 and 15 October 1915, and received the award on 19 November 1918, by which time he was shown with the rank of Acting Corporal.  It was with that rank that he was detached to the 24th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 7, "F" at Montreal on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilization.


Dythe, -, Sergeant

An Operation Order dated 8 April 1917 and attached to the 6th Bde. CMG Coy. War Diary contains the following: "Sgt. Dythe with one corporal 10 men and 10 pack animals will report to Divisional Pack Train under Lt. Ferris at 6 a.m. April 9th in BOIS DES ALLEUX."  These were part of the preparations for the attack on Vimy Ridge, which was due to take place on the following day.


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