Reginald Dew

Below is taken from a photo of the Specialists Section, 21st Battalion


Dec 22, 1896

Born in Newport, Cornwall, England to John and Emma (nee Brock) Dew


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59260 (temporary number 744)

Ø  Next of kin given as E Dew (mother) of Newport Cornwall England

o   There was a note to also notify Anita Sutherland, 435 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Stationary Engineer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   He was later transferred to the Scout Section

Because Reg Dew was a year too young to enlist, he lied about his age, stating that he had been born in 1895

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


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


Nov 29, 1915

Proceeded on the Wiring Course


Jan 3, 1916

As the battalion was being relieved from the front line near Voormezeele, Belgium, Private Dew received a slight wound to his head.  He was treated by the Medical Officer and remained on duty, not requiring further treatment


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 26, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 8, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 27, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1918

Private Dew crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was posted to “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


May 13, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277405

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge c/o W. Brock, Bowmanville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Bowmanville, Ontario


Apr 24, 1920

Entered the USA at Detroit, Michigan, to visit his brother, John Dew in Detroit


Sep 3, 1924

Married to Ethel May Sutherland in St. Paul’s Church, Kingston, Ontario


Dec 30, 1927

He submitted a change of address to read c/o Mr. J.T. Sutherland, 136 Frontenac St., Kingston, Ontario


Feb 17, 1930

Reginald Dew became a Naturalized Citizen of the USA at the US District Court in Detroit, Michigan, USA


Sep 5, 1936

Disembarked the SS Aurania in Quebec City, Quebec from Southampton, England and proceeded to his home at 6009 Malcolm Ave., Detroit, Michigan


Apr 9, 1940

USA Census shows Reginald Dew living in Detroit, Michigan with his wife Ethel and son Brock.  His occupation is listed as Stationary Engineer


May 5, 1973

Died at Detroit Michigan, USA


Jun 19, 1973

Interment in the Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston Ontario




In 1936 a contingent from the 21st Battalion Association made the pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge in France for the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial.  Below is a photo of some of those attending.  Reg Dew is standing on the far right of the back row.

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