Horace Disney



Mar 18, 1881

Born in Leicester, Leicester, England 

A newspaper account indicates he was born in India


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 454181

Ø      Next of kin given as Hector Robertson, friend, 285 George St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       A newspaper account shows that he was a former policeman in Toronto

Ø      Previous military experience given as 12 years with the Northumberland Fusiliers

o       A newspaper account shows that had previous service in the South African War

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, near Kingston, Ontario


Jun 10, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Jun 11, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Aug 1, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Quartermaster Sergeant


Oct 1, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Acting Sergeant Major


Nov 13, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec as part of the battalion’s 2nd Reinforcing Draft

His rank shown on the Embarkation Roll is that of Private


Nov 23, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and the draft proceeded to West Sandling where the men were absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training. 

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Feb 24, 1916

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Apr 11, 1916

The 59th Battalion arrived in England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Apr 29, 1916

Transferred back to the 59th Battalion in Shorncliffe


May 17, 1916

Appointed to the provisional rank of CSM (Company Sergeant Major)


Jul 6, 1916

Posted to the 39th Battalion in West Sandling


Jul 17, 1916

Reduced to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting battalion in France 

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 18, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 5, 1916

Left the CBD to join the entrenching battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the Halifax, Camp near Reningelst, Belgium

Attached to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion for duty and appointed to Acting CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) with pay


Sep 17, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the entrenching battalion and reduced to his permanent rank of private on joining the 21st Battalion in the Brickfields, having just been relieved from the Somme Front


Sep 29, 1916

After a brief rest from the fighting at the sugar refinery, the battalion moved back into the fight near the Courcelette and Regina Trenches.  Private Horace Disney was killed during a heavy artillery barrage at suppertime just 12 days after joining the battalion and was buried beside the sunken road near Courcelette.  When the war ended, his remains could not be found.  As a result, he is commemorated on 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 mother, Mrs. E.A. Disney, 55 ½ Cobdeu St., Humberstone Rd., Leicester, England


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