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