George Patrick Dalton, MM



Oct 1, 1891

Born at Leeds England


Feb 16, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 805355

Ø      Current address given as 249 Nepean St, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Dalton (mother) of Leeds, Yorkshire, England

o       This was later changed to read Mrs May Dickinson (sister) of 3 Osborne View, St Johns Ave, Belle Vue Rd, Leeds, Yorkshire England

Ø      Former occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Mar 13, 1916

Sentenced to 120 hours (5 days) detention


Apr 11, 1916

Sentenced to 10 days detention


May 15, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days detention


Jul 15, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days detention 

The above sentences were all for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for varying lengths of time


Aug 17, 1916

On the Particulars of Family form that he filed, he stated that he did not know if his father was alive or not


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent 

On arrival, the Battalion was broken up and he was posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe with a diagnosis of VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Oct 10, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Hospital at Etchinghill, Lyminge.  This was a special hospital for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases


Oct 11, 1916

Stated to his doctor that his last sexual exposure was “one week ago”.  Depending on his definition, it means that he had a sexual encounter in the last day or 2 on board ship, or the first day or 2 in England.


Oct 28, 1916

Discharged from hospital to unit


Nov 29, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe with a diagnosis of VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis) 

Transferred same day to the Canadian Hospital at Etchinghill


Jan 4, 1917

Posted to, and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion while still in hospital


Jan 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital and joined the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 12, 1917

Pay Book Will filled in leaving estate to be distributed equally between his 3 sisters.


Apr 21, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days FP #2 for being AWL 

In lieu of the punishment, he was posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

There is no explanation in the file for the length of time taken to join the battalion.  I suspect that he actually proceeded to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion for a few weeks of indoctrination to trench life 

The Battalion was in the Support Trench in the Willerval area.  The war diary makes note of 149 troops joining the Battalion as replacements


Jul 22, 1917

Attached to the 4th MGC (Canadian Machine Gun Company) for duty


Aug 29, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from 4th MGC


Sep 13, 1917

Attached to the 4th CMGC for duty


Oct 13, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from 4th MGC


Jan 9, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 23, 1918

Reported to be AWL as he did not return from leave


Jan 30, 1918

Turned himself in to authorities (location not noted)


Feb 2, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Feb 4, 1918

Sentenced to 28 days FP #1 (Field Punishment) for being AWL for 8 days and forfeits 8 days pay


Mar 15, 1918

Reported to be AWL


Mar 20, 1918

Arrested in Paris and placed in confinement as a Deserter


Apr 24, 1918

Tried by FGCM (Field General Court Martial) under charge of Desertion.   

Found Not Guilty of Desertion, but Guilty of being Absent Without Leave, and sentenced to 6 Months Detention IHL (In Hard Labour).  Also ordered to forfeit 6 days pay for the period that he was AWL


May 19, 1918

Released from Detention under the “Suspension of Sentences Act” and returned to the 21st Battalion


Aug 12, 1918

Sentence of 6 months IHL was remitted by the GOC (General Officer Commanding) 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade)


Aug 16, 1918

Was wounded by the explosion of a gas shell and admitted to the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Aug 18, 1918

Transferred to No 6 General Hospital at Rouen


Aug 20, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Gloucester Castle


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regiment Depot) while in hospital


Aug 21, 1918

Admitted to #2 Western General Hospital at Manchester


Aug 26, 1918

Transferred to Convalescent Hospital at Bank Meadow


Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Sep 4, 1918 

Several medals were announced in the Battalion’s War Diary, among them, the announcement of the Military Medal for Pte Dalton.  Below is from the war diary



Sep 8, 1918

Reported to be AWL from 9.30 pm


Sep 12, 1918

Returned to hospital from being AWL


Sep 13, 1918

Sentenced to 4 days detention for being AWL


Sep 20, 1918

Discharged from MCH Epsom and On Command to No 3 Canadian Convalescent Depot


Sep 30, 1918

Reported to be AWL at 7 pm


Oct 2, 1918

Arrested for being AWL


Oct 4, 1918

Sentenced to 3 days FP #2 and forfeits 4 days pay for being AWL


Oct 8, 1918

Admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital at Etchinghill with a relapse of his previous Syphilis infection 

Placed on Restricted Pay for 2 months because of the infection


Nov 8, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Nov 9, 1918

Attached to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for PT (Physical Training)


Nov 13, 1918

Sentenced to 5 days FP#2 for Being AWL


Nov 17, 1918

Reported to be AWL at 9 pm


Nov 21, 1918

Returned from being AWL and sentenced to 6 days FP #2 

Discharged from 3rd CCD and returned to EORD


Dec 10, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 21, 1919

The Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette #31142


On Command to MD #3 at Kimmel Park pending return to Canada


Feb 22, 1919

Embarked the SS Cassandra


It is not stated in the file the port that he embarked at.  The ship originated the trip February 6, 1919 from Glasgow Scotland and made several stops before proceeding to Canada


Mar 6, 1919

Disembarked at Saint John New Brunswick and proceeded to Ottawa Ontario


Mar 8, 1919

TOS MD #3 at Ottawa Ontario


Mar 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Discharged by reason of Demobilization

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 158151

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – Ottawa Ontario


Jun 2, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to General Delivery, Ottawa Ontario 

Although not recorded, it appears that the medals were returned as there is a later entry of him receiving them by “hand”


Sep 20, 1922

Note in file indicates that “By hand, received GW & V Medals”


Sep 9, 1959

Replacement War Service Badge Class “A” issued, #171122, and delivered to 118-15 Ave, SE Calgary, Alberta



By my calculation, he was sentenced to 49 days Field punishment and served 134 days in detention, virtually all for being AWL.


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