Percy Stoate Dark


May 1, 1898

Born in Milton, Wiltshire, England to Augustus Ebenezer and Mary (nee Stoate) Dark


Jul 2, 1909

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Liverpool along with his parents and 3 siblings


Jul 9, 1909

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jun 1, 1911

The 1911 Census shows the family living in Lindsay, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59235 (temporary number 626)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. A.E. Dark, mother, 1 St. Peter Street, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Express Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in “B” Company, 45th Regiment,

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company with his brother, Terence

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

On attesting, he lied about his age, stating that he was born in 1896 rather than the actual year of 1898 

His brother, Terence Dark, had attested into the 21st Battalion the previous day. 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Jan 16, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Measles


Jan 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 31, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay.  The reason for this was not recorded in the file


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jun 12, 1916

While in the number 37 trench near Ypres, Belgium, Private Percy Dark was killed by an artillery barrage along with 5 other members of the battalion.  He was buried in the Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, A.E. Dark, Southlake, Minden, Ontario 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. M. Dark, at the same address


  Private Percy Dark is honoured on the Lindsay, Ontario War Memorial

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