Private Arthur William Dalby

Private Arthur William Dalby served with the Sherwood Forester in United Kingdom before WW1 and in  the Canadian Expeditionnary Forces with the 60th battalion (Victoria Rifles) during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 457258.

Born on December 1st, 1886 in Derby, England

1891 United Kingdom census taken at 90 St-Thomas road, Litchurch, Derby

Father : Matthew born in 1858 (tool hardener)       Mother : Louisa born in 1859

Brother : John born in 1884       Sister : Mary G. born in 1890

1901 March 31th : He was living with his parent at 18 Hall street in Alvaston, Derbyshire

1909 June 21st : Enlisted in the 3rd battalion Sherwood Forester (3109) in United Kingdom

His trade was motor mechanic

October 20th : Overstayed his pass from 12:00 am to 8:50 am

1910, September 28th : Called out for his annual training. Listed as a lance corporal

1911, May 8th : Called out for his annual training. Listed as a corporal

1912, July 12th  : Called out for his annual training. Listed as sergeant

1913, June 30th : Called out for his annual training

World War One – C.E.F.

1915 June 21st : Enlisted in the 60th battalion on in Montreal. His civilian job was with Bell Canada. He was a signaller in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

Trade : electrician    Religion : Church of England   Status : married

Height : 5’6″    Eyes : grey          Hair : dark brown    Weight : 109 lbs

Wife : Elizabeth Dalby     Address : 624 Workman street, Saint-Henri, Montreal

June 30th : Entrained for Valcartier. October 25th : Entrained from Valcartier to Montreal where they went into quarters Northen Electric Barracks on Guy street.

November 6th : Sailed from Montreal on the ship Scandinavian. Arrived in Bramshott November 16th.

1916 February 20th : Embarked for overseas and arrived in France on the 22nd.

April 18th : A shell exploded near him throwing him in a crater while the unit was under heavy bombardments at dusk in the Camp D sector.

August 14th, heavy bombardment begin at around 2:30 pm, a shell exploded near him throwing again in a hole. Excerpt from the daily logbook of the 60th battalion : Quiet morning. About 2:30 pm enemy started shelling our front and support lines with heavy and medium sized trench mortars, causing a number of casualties, one Stokes gun and crew completely wiped out. Owing to a relief of the Divisional artillery and some misunderstanding between the groups, the batteries covering our front were not registered and it took over one hour and a half to obtain retaliation.

September 9th : Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom. He was suffering from extreme anxiety. Excerpt from a medical report dated September 25th «Rifle fell through the roof 30 feet above and hit patient on the head. Shell shock on two occasions and a blow of rifle affected him. For that he now has attack of distress about heart weakness and dizziness, lack of energy.»

October 11th : Discharged and returned to Canada on board the ship Olympic. He had two children, Edith Lilian (7 years) and George Arthur (2 years). Listed in Lovell’s Montreal directory as an electrician and living at 118 Minto from 1917 until 1928

late 1917 : Extract from a medical report dated January 19th «Complains of pains in left shoulder and occasionally in right. Had rheumatism at enlistment. Also complains of pain over precordium. No murmurs heard over heart area. Says he only sleep about 3 hours in night. Has a course tremor of hands.»

1949 : September : Went to Chicago, USA.

Copy of his passenger card from that trip

Listed in Lovell’s directory as a switchboard installer for Bell Telephone Canada and living at 5764 18th avenue, Rosemont, Quebec from 1946 to 1949

At the same time, one of his fellow comrade from the 60th battalion, Leslie Tucker, (click here to see his story) was also working for the Bell Telephone Canada company and living in the same city sector as him. I wonder if they still met on a regular base after the war.

1971 August 27th : Died (probably in Los Angeles)

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

WW1 medals pair

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  • BJB  On 2012/04/10 at 17:13

    My great great uncle, Robert Hilton, was in this battalian (60). He sailed the same days to England and arrived in Bramshott at the same time. He arrived in France at the same time. My great great Uncle received a concussion in the August, 1916 battle mentioned. My great great uncle was also an electrician from Montreal!

  • Medic  On 2012/04/10 at 19:16

    That is interesting, Private Dalby was electrician and also Leslie Tucker who was also in the 60th battalion. You can find Pte Tucker bio on this website also. If you have your uncle story, you can send it to me by email and I’ll be more than glad to post it on this website. Just let me know


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