Stanley Herbert Blyth



Feb 18, 1896

Born at Glasgow Scotland


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59076 (temporary number 847)

Ø      Next of kin given as Bruce Blyth (father) of Barrow-in-Furness Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) at Ottawa

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


While on board the ship, he developed an acute case of Appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and was admitted directly into the Devonport Military Hospital to recover from his surgery


Jun 24, 1915

Discharged from hospital and given sick leave 

The length of the leave was not specified in the file


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone


It is unclear whether he embarked with the 21st Battalion as there is later account from another member of the Battalion that states that although he visited the 21st Battalion just prior to embarkation, he did not rejoin the Battalion on being released from hospital.  However his service file states that he embarked on this date


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France.  It is unclear whether he remained at Boulogne or moved inland with his unit


Nov 5, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with the diagnosis reading NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Nov 6, 1915

Transferred to the No 14 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred to the DRS (Divisional Rest Station) at Locre


Nov 7, 1915

Admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples with abdominal pain.  He was diagnosed with adhesions from his surgery on board ship


Nov 10, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe



Nov 11, 1915

Admitted to the No 1 Canadian Queen’s Military Hospital where Necrosis of the lower jaw was added to the diagnosis.  This is where tissue is dying from a lack of blood circulation. 

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Nov 20, 1915

Surgery performed to remove 2 lower teeth and to remove decaying tissue from his jaw


Dec 18, 1915

Transferred to the Barn House Hospital at Whitstable 

This was a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital that was a former holiday home for Queen Mary


Feb 9, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed on light duties


Mar 8, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) of the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jul 28, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital diagnosed with a Hernia where surgery was performed the following day


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Oct 9, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 6, 1916

Posted to the CCAC and attached to the CASCTD (Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot) at Shorncliffe for PRD (Pay, Rations and Discipline)


Nov 8, 1916

Granted permission to wear the Good Conduct Stripe


Nov 9, 1916

Granted sick leave until November 19, 1916


Jan 17, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Training Depot and attached to the CASC at Bramshott


Jan 24, 1917

Admitted to the Bramshott Military Hospital with an ingrown toe nail where surgery was performed the following day


Feb 9, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom.  While in hospital here he was assigned light duties, but still complained of occasional pain in his abdomen


Mar 15, 1917

Ceased to be attached to CASC and transferred to the No 3 CCD (Canadian Command Depot) at Hastings on being discharged from hospital


May 31, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal while employed as a Physical Training Instructor at St Leonard’s Hospital


Sep 17, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the BCRD (British Columbia Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Sep 18, 1917

Attached to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for duty as PT Instructor in “H” Company


Oct 2, 1917

Proceeded to 1st CCD as a PT Instructor


Nov 23, 1917

Ceased to be attached to 1st CCD and returned to the 3rd CCD


Jan 1, 1918

TOS the 3rd CCD Permanent Establishment with the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jun 1, 1918

Posted to the CAGS (Canadian Army Garrison Squadron?) and attached to the 3rd CCD for DQR (Duty, Quarters and Rations)


Oct 6, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) 

Reverts to rank of Private effective this date


Oct 7, 1918

Reported for duty from being AWL


Oct 8, 1918

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and re-attached to the 3rd CCD for PT etc.


Oct 17, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 30, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay and allowances


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool England


SOS to Canada and posted to the District Depot at Ottawa Ontario


Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Acting Lance Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 382000

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Osgoode Station Ontario


Oct 10, 1919

His address was changed for post war pay purposes to Melfort Saskatchewan


Aug 19, 1925

While serving as a Prison Guard at the Prince Albert Saskatchewan Penitentiary, he fell from a height of 25 feet and was killed instantly.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Melfort Saskatchewan 

(There is an error in the date of death on the headstone)


I would like to thank Dave St Onge, the Canadian Penitentiary Museum  Curator for supplying the photo of the headstone and for the complete service file.   If anyone has any further information about Pte Stanley H Blyth, or has a photo that they would be willing to share with both this website and with the Canada's Penitentiary Museum, please contact the webmaster

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