Henry Dismon


Feb 7, 1887

Born in London, England


Jan 14, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 45th Victoria Regiment, Canadian Militia


Feb 23, 1915

Discharged from the 45th Regiment 

This seems to be in error as the next entry is dated March 25, 1915 stating that he was transferred to Belleville


Mar 18, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 412707

Ø      Next of kin given as Isabelle Dismon, mother, 4 Digby Walk, Green St., Bethnal Green, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Wood Carver

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained in the Belleville, Ontario area


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec


Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and then on to Lydd to continue training


Sep 11, 1915

Married to Isabel Brettell in The Holy Redeemer Church, Exmouth Market, London with permission from the Commanding Officer


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling to continue training


Jan 14, 1916

Appointed Company Cook with pay of 50¢ per day


Aug 27, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Sep 4, 1916

Discharged from hospital, but prior to leaving it was discovered that the infection had not disappeared and he was immediately readmitted and the diagnosis was changed to read Quinsey, an abscess on or near the tonsils


Sep 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the battalion’s formation, it moved to Seaford


Mar 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of about 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in the Brigade Camp near Aux Rietz, France, north of Lens


Aug 15, 1917

Private Dismon was reported missing during the battalion’s attack on Hill 70, which saw some of the most severe fighting of the war, including hand-to-hand fighting with fists and bayonets.  His body was never found and eventually officially recorded as Killed in Action.  Because he has no known grave, he is commemorated on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Isabella J. Dismon, 13 Whiskin St., London, England 

A 2nd Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. I. Dismon, 5 Surratt St., Bethnal Green, London, England


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