Terence Sewell Dark


Feb 19, 1896

Born in Salisbury, 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 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59236 (temporary number 627)

Ø      Next of kin given as A.E. Dark, father, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Salvation Army

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

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

His brother, Percy Dark, attested into the 21st Battalion the following day 

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


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 8, 1915

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 23, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Northey 59752, who had been promoted


Jun 12, 1916

While in the number 37 trench near Ypres, Belgium, his brother Private, Percy Dark, was killed during an artillery barrage along with 5 other members of the battalion. 


Jun 29, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Tomlin 59991, who had been wounded


Aug 21, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt. Thomas 59667, who had been killed in action


Sep 1, 1916

While in billets in Zouafques, France, the battalion was carrying out training exercises and being issued with Lee Enfield rifles in exchange for the Ross Rifles.  Corporal Terence Dark received a wound to his right hand that became infected.  It is unclear how this may have happened, as there is no report of casualties, nor any report of an accidental injury.  His wound became infected and he was admitted to the No. 12 General Hospital


Sep 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 2 London General Hospital in Chelsea 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 26, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley 

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant


Oct 3, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Feb 19, 1917

Attached to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for duty as a P.T. Instructor


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the COR (Central Ontario Regiment) and attached to the 2nd CCD for duty


Apr 26, 1917

Attached to the Army Gym Staff for duty


Jul 2, 1917

Attended the BF & PT (Bayonet Fighting and Physical Training) Course at Aldershot


Jul 28, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Aug 1, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and employed as the BF & PT Instructor


Aug 4, 1917

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) for one day


Sep 8, 1917

Ceased to be attached


Feb 8, 1918

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 23, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion and attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 26, 1918

Embarked the SS Thislehurst (formerly SS Canada) at Liverpool England

The SS Canada was renamed the SS Thislehurst shortly before the sailing, and is recorded in the file as the SS Canada


Mar 16, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Apr 11, 1918

Admitted to the Ongwanada Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Suspected Tuberculosis


Apr 15, 1918

TB tests proved negative and he was discharged from hospital


Apr 17, 1918

TOS the No. 3 Special Service Company in Kingston


Sep 19, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Sep 27, 1918

Posted to the 259th Battalion, Canadian Rifles, CSEF (Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force) and assigned to “B” Company


Oct 7, 1918

Admitted to the military Hospital at Niagara-on-The-Lake with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Oct 14, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 26, 1918

Embarked the SS Protesilaus in Victoria, British Columbia

Rough seas were encountered during the voyage and 1 soldier was killed when some cargo broke loose and crushed him.  A crew member was washed overboard and died during the same storm.  When the ship neared Vladivostok, it lost a propeller and became stuck in ice.  The ship was freed by a Japanese war ship and arrived in port with only one propeller operational


Jan 1, 1919

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Jan 13, 1919

Disembarked in Vladivostok, Russia


Apr 21, 1919

Embarked the SS Monteagle in Vladivostok, Russia


May 6, 1919

Disembarked in Vancouver, British Columbia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


May 13, 1919

TOS Casualty Company, No. 3 District Depot, Kingston, Ontario


May 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 41668

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Birch Beech Farm, South Lake, Minden, Ontario 

There is no medals card in the file, however he was entitled to receive the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal


May 23, 1919

Married to Reta McCall in Kingston, Ontario


Oct 16, 1924

Married to Mary Ida Russell in Huntsville, Ontario


I could find no evidence of the dissolution of his previous marriage


Sep 7, 1939

Attested into the RHLI (Royal Hamilton Light Infantry), Wentworth Regiment, CASF (Canadian Active Service Force) in Hamilton, Ontario 

Ø      Number B-36571

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Dark, mother, Minden, Ontario

o       He stated that he was single and not a widower

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

o       This was later noted as Hotel Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 21st Battalion, the 259th Battalion and the 45th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Anglican


Sep 8, 1939

In an interesting side note, when he appeared for his medical exam, he was surprised to see that the Doctor was none other than Dr. Ken Cooke MC, the former Medical Officer of the 21st Battalion.  Needless to say, he passed the exam


Oct 23, 1939

Attended the Small Arms Course in Toronto, Ontario


Nov 18, 1939

Passed the Small Arms Course in Toronto


Nov 23, 1939

Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal


Dec 28, 1939

Admitted to No. 15 General Hospital in the Exhibition Camp, Toronto, with a diagnosis that reads Right Inguinal Hernia


Jan 26, 1940

Surgery performed to repair his hernia


Jan 28, 1940

Medical Board declares him to be Category “D” meaning that he is medically unfit for duty but is expected to become fit after recuperating


Mar 25, 1940

Medical Board declares him to be Category “A” meaning he is fit for regular duty


Apr 23, 1940

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Jul 23, 1940

The RHLI embarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia for overseas


Aug 2, 1940

Disembarked in Gourock, Scotland and proceeded to the Corunna Barracks in the South Camp at Aldershot


Aug 9, 1940

Granted 5 days leave


Oct 23, 1940

Medical exam at the No. 15 Canadian General Hospital in Aldershot declares him to be suffering from a Gastric Ulcer and declares him unfit for service.  Note that the Hospital had moved to England following his surgery in 1939


Nov 9, 1940

TOS (Taken On Strength) “I” Wing pending return to Canada


Nov 24, 1940

Disembarked in Canada


Nov 26, 1940

TOS No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario 

Medical examination on arrival notes his Gastric Ulcer and recommends 2 weeks in hospital for dietary treatment.  Placed in Category “E” and recommended for discharge from the CASF


Jan 16, 1941

Discharged from the CASF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge issued number 004094

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 41 Herkimer St., Hamilton, Ontario 

Following the war the CVSM (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal) with clasp and the War Medal 1939-45 were sent to him at 41 Herkimer St., Hamilton, Ontario


Oct 14, 1944 Married to Matilda Denault


Jun 14, 1949

Shown on the voters list as living at 41 Herkimer St., Hamilton, Ontario and his occupation is listed as Caretaker


Jan 23, 1960

Died while in hospital in Hamilton, Ontario and buried in the Woodland Cemetery there

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