Alfred John Keith D'Arcy


May 5, 1882

Born in London, England to James and Jemima (nee Bond) D’Arcy


Aug 13, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 5th Regiment, Royal Highlanders of Canada in Montreal, Quebec


Sep 23, 1914

Attested into the 13th Battalion in Valcartier, Quebec 

Ø      Number 24711

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert J.A. D’Arcy, 18 West Park Rd., New Gardens, Surrey, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

o       He was employed at the Bank of British North America in Verdun, Quebec

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Oct 4, 1914

Embarked the SS Alaunia in Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 15, 1914

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and the battalion proceeded to the Westdown South Camp, Salisbury Plain to continue training


Nov 1, 1914

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Dec 1, 1914

Reverted to the rank of Private


Feb 16, 1915

Disembarked in France and the battalion proceeded to Hazebrouck


May 24, 1915

Attended the No. 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with “ear trouble”


Jun 7, 1915

Rejoined the battalion


Aug 16, 1915

Attached to the Cadet School to receive a commission


Sep 19, 1915

Commissioned as a Temporary Lieutenant per London Gazette #9651 and posted to the 1st battalion 

Granted leave until September 23, 1915


Sep 20, 1915

Married to Fanny Dora Cole


Sep 23, 1915

Leave extended to October 8, 1915


Sep 25, 1915

Medical Board grants leave until November 3, 1915 

Address on leave, 3 George St., Hanover Square, London W.


Oct 8, 1915

Medical Board declares him unfit to rejoin his battalion and he is SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 1st Battalion 

This was due to an injury to his right wrist.  There is no mention in the service file of an injury while with the battalion, nor is there any mention in the battalion’s war diary.  The Bank of Montreal War Memorial makes mention of him being wounded during the Battle of Ypres in April of 1915, but there is no record of that in the service file.


Oct 9, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lieutenant and made effective from September 19, 1915


Nov 3, 1915

Medical Board extended his leave until November 24, 1915


Dec 28, 1915

Medical Board declares him fit for General Service only


Dec 30, 1915

Posted to the 36th Battalion for duty


Feb 29, 1916

Relieved from attending the 6th Officer’s Course


Mar 6, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 8, 1916

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


Mar 10, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O front line trench system near Voormezeele, Belgium and assigned to “A” Company as No. 3 Platoon Commander


Apr 9, 1916

During an overnight attack on the No. 1 and No. 2 craters at St. Eloi, Lieut D’Arcy received severe shrapnel wounds to both of his eyes, his arms and legs. 


Apr 10, 1916

He was evacuated to a field ambulance then transported to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for first aid and treatment.


Apr 13, 1916

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital in Boulogne


Apr 16, 1916

Lieutenant D’Arcy died of his wounds at 8.10 pm and was buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Wimereux, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Fanny Dora D’Arcy, Brooklyn, Sheen Rd., Richmond, Surrey, England 

There was no Memorial Cross issued to his mother as she had predeceased him.


AAbove is from the Ottawa Journal, below is from the Communiqué, January 1935 and written by Capt. D.M. Goudy MC

The item below and photo at the top of the page are taken from The Memorial of The Great War, published by the Bank of Montreal and supplied by Marika Pirie



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