William Adam Dent

Thank you to Joan Read for providing the service file


Aug 7, 1883

Born in Bolton, England to James and Catherine Dent


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59254 (temporary number 629)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs C Dickenson, sister, of Horwich Near Bolton, Lancashire, England

o       This was later changed to read Mr. J. Dent, father, of the same address

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      His religion was not recorded

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

He was originally declared to be unfit at his first medical exam because of bad teeth.  Although not recorded in the file, repairs must have been made, as he was subsequently declared to be fit for service

In January of 1915 he forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent.

In March of 1915 he was hospitalized in Kingston with a Venereal Disease.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


May 27, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 29, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL and sentenced to 7 days detention and forfeited 3 day’s pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne, France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 1, 1916

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent from parade and billets without leave.  He also forfeited 1 day’s pay under a Royal Warrant


Sep 28, 1916

During an attack on the Regina Trench near Courcelette, Private Dent was wounded and admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a contusion (bruise) to his right leg.  He was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No. 4 CFA


Oct 6, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Dec 16, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 17, 1917

Shortly after the Battalion carried out a large trench raid, an enemy artillery shell explosion killed Private Dent.

Maroc British Cemetery
Grenay France

Private Dent is also honoured in the family plot in the St. James Church Cemetery, Briercliffe, England.  William's name is second from the bottom.  

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to Mr. Thomas Dent, brother, at 27 Whiston Rd., Higher Crumpsall, near Manchester, England

There was no Memorial Cross issued



The above information is taken from a partial file supplied by a family member, Joan Read.  More details may be added when a complete file is obtained.


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