Roy Dickinson



Dec 14, 1896

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England to George and Emily Dickinson


Dec 23, 1914

Embarked the SS Zeeland in Liverpool, England


Jan 2, 1915

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Jul 26, 1916

Attested into the 238th Battalion CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps) in Almonte, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1036400

Ø      Next of kin given as Anna (Emily) Dickinson, mother, Almonte, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Weaver

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Sep 11, 1916

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Sep 22, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Witley to continue training


Dec 7, 1916

During the month of December, the Forestry Corps went under complete reorganization and Private Dickinson was transferred to the newly formed CFC BD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot) in London


May 1, 1917

Transferred to the #2 District CFC and posted to No. 13 Company at Carlisle, England


Feb 19, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Mar 24, 1918

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 10.00 pm


Mar 27, 1918

Reported for duty at 7.00 pm


Mar 28, 1918

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment No. 2 for his absence


May 22, 1918

Transferred to the CFC BD in Sunningdale


Jun 3, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 15, 1918

Reported to be AWL at midnight


Jul 16, 1918

Reported for duty at 11.30 am.  No punishment is recorded for this absence


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast as part of a draft of 5 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Sep 18, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the battalion


Sep 19, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Canal du Nord


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on Avesnes-Le-Sec Private Dickinson was instantly killed and later buried in the Niagara Military Cemetery


 From the battalion's War Diary



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll, and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Dickinson, 108 High St., Langholm, Dumfrieshire, Scotland 

A Second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Dickinson, 64 Horace St., Bolton, Lancashire, England


Private Dickinson is also honoured on the Almonte, Ontario War Memorial

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