Alfred Vernon Dalton

May 10, 1877

Born in London, England to Joseph Thomas and Emily Vernon (nee Baschet) Dalton


Apr 30, 1909

Married to Amy Wood in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


Aug 19, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion CEF in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø  Number 469079

Ø  Next of kin given as Amy V. Dalton, wife, Cedar Lake, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Hostler

o   Later noted as Groom

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and served in the  Boer War

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

On attesting he lied about his age, stating he had been born May 10, 1879, not his actual year of 1877.  He was probably thinking that he might be too old to enlist


Aug 25, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Oct 1, 1915

Appointed to the probationary rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Dec 5, 1915

To draw pay as a Sergeant Master Cook


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


May 9, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 22, 1916

Reported for duty from being AWL and forfeited 13 days pay and reduced to the rank of Private


Jun 13, 1916

Reported to be AWL.  He reported for duty at 11pm and was fined 2 days pay and sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment


Jun 24, 1916

The 20 cents per diem for Cook’s pay was stopped


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 40th Reserve Battalion in the Caesars Camp


Jul 12, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 76 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 2, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Dalton joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Chippawa Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Aug 8, 1916

Private Dalton received an accidental injury to his back and a lacerated jaw while bringing officers baggage to the N& O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium.  He was evacuated to the Northern Casualty Clearing Station in Hazebrouk for treatment.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station


Aug 11, 1916

He was transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, France


Aug 15, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the base details in Boulogne


Aug 20, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Base Depot in Havre after being classified TB (Temporary Base) meaning that he was temporarily unfit for front line duty


Aug 31, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital in Havre with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia


Sep 8, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Convalescent Depot in Havre and the diagnosis was changed to read Bronchitis


Sep 15, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Lanning 59564 who had been killed in action


Sep 16, 1916

Discharged from the convalescent depot and reported to the base depot in Havre


Sep 18, 1916

After leaving the base depot he rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Vadencourt, France, resting after heavy fighting at Courcelette


Nov 5, 1916

Proceeded on the Lewis and Stokes Gun course


Nov 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Apr 27, 1917

While in the rest camp at Aux Rietz, France, Alfred Dalton mishandled a grenade during instruction and it accidentally exploded causing shrapnel wounds to his left eye and right hand.  He was evacuated to the field ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station where his eye had to be removed.


May 2, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in St. Omer for treatment.


May 11, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Military Hospital in Eastleigh

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 6, 1917

Transferred to the Mile End Military Hospital, Bancroft Rd., London


Jun 21, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Jun 26, 1917

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Jul 10, 1917

Transferred to the Westcliffe Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital in Folkestone


Jul 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Aug 15, 1917

Embarked the SS Cassandra in Glasgow, Scotland



Aug 27, 1917

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia


Sep 9, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Military District in Halifax for discharge


Sep 11, 1917

TOS the “B” Unit MHCC Halifax and treated as an out-patient at the Pine Hill Hospital


Nov 28, 1917

Ceased to be treated as an out-patient


Jan 27, 1918

Medical Board at the Pine Hill Hospital, Halifax notes:

Ø  Loss of left eye and has a glass eye in place

Ø  Suffers from hearing loss and discharging ears

Ø  Classified in Medical Category “E” meaning he is unfit for further service


Jan 31, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Springdale, Digby, Nova Scotia

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Springdale, Nova Scotia


Sep 28, 1965

Alfred Vernan Dalton died in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and was buried in the Cedar Lake Cemetery there



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