William John Dominey



Dec 6, 1898

Born in London, England to William and Mary Ann (nee Driscoll) Dominey


Jan 29, 1917

Attested into the 240th Battalion in Renfrew, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042925

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. Daniel Dominey, brother, c/o Mr. Robert J. Tracy (foster father), Yarm, Quebec

o       Daniel was drafted under the Military Service Act in 1918, but never left Canada before being discharged

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 3, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 14, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where he was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 12, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Oct 18, 1917

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ourton, France, north-west of Arras


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front and the Germans opened up with a fierce artillery barrage that was followed by an attack made by German Storm Troopers.  The attack was repelled, but Private Dominey was killed during the fighting, just 16 days after joining the battalion and in his first taste of action.  He was buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, north-east of Ypres, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Mr. Daniel Dominey, Semans Post Office, Saskatchewan 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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