Edward Dack

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 14, 1895

Born at Norfolk County, England to Thomas and Elizabeth Vertigans (nee Armiger) Dack 

His mother Elizabeth died in 1918, and it appears that his father remarried to Sarah Toney


Mar 8, 1915

Medical examination by the Medical Officer of the 39th Battalion at Belleville Ontario declared him fit for service


Mar 9, 1915

Shown on the pay sheet for the 39th Battalion


May 1, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Belleville Ontario 

Ø      Number 412337

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Dack, mother, of East Bradenham, Norfolk England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as serving in the Territorials in England for 2 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the RMS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Sep 24, 1915

The Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp and was re-designated as a Reserve Battalion to reinforce the fighting Battalions in France


Dec 13, 1915

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 14, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 25, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood.  The War Diary describes the day as “REST DAY, no fatigues or working parties.  Celebrated in a very quiet manner with plenty of Xmas puddings.”


Jun 15, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) diagnosed with Severe Shell Shock


From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Jun 16, 1916

Transferred to the No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux


Jun 18, 1916

Transferred to the No 1 Convalescent Hospital at Boulogne


Jun 22, 1916

Transferred to the Havre Special Military Hospital


Jun 23, 1916

Transferred to the No 4 Convalescent Depot


Jul 1, 1916

Discharged to the #3 CBD at Boulogne and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Aug 5, 1916

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at the Halifax Camp


Aug 28, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion that had just moved into billets at Zouafques to begin training exercises


Sep 18, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl WH Murney 59690 who had been invalided to England having been wounded


Nov 3, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace Cpl W Carruthers 60108 who had bee promoted


Dec 29, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 9, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 22, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Composite Company for duty


Feb 23, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Composite Company


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Cpl Dack was first reported missing, then was discovered to have been killed during the attack.  He was buried in a mass grave in a crater, initially called CB 2-A

Lichfield Crater Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war, the following were sent to his father, Thomas Dack, at East Bradenham, Norfolk England

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Dack, at the same address 

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