Walter Dumaresq MM


Feb 15, 1891

Born Halifax Nova Scotia


Sep 17, 1915

Attested into 64th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 470195

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Constance Dumaresq (mother) of 1 Acadia Square, Halifax Nova Scotia

Ø      Occupation given as “Painter”

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”

Ø      No distinctive marks or scars recorded

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

Separation allowance of $20 per month was assigned to his widowed mother (this was cancelled in December 1917)


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic at Halifax for England



Apr 1, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal while aboard ship 

Pay assignment of $15 per month is made out to Constance Dumaresq (mother) 

Note that the December 1917 cheque was returned and cancelled


Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked the SS Adriatic in Liverpool England and proceeded to Bramshott Camp


Apr 21, 1916

Record amended to read “Acting Corporal”


Apr 27, 1916

Will made out leaving everything to his mother, Constance Dumaresq


May 19, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barracks Convalescent Hospital at Shorncliffe.  The initial diagnosis was Tonsillitis but was later changed to Diptheria 

Ø      Complains of headaches and difficulty swallowing

Ø      Tonsils are noted to be enlarged

Ø      Lab report on throat swab states that he tested positive for K L bacteria (similar to, and in the same family as E Coli bacteria)


May 20, 1916

Moved from ward 17 into ward 25 (I suspect this to be an isolation ward)


May 22, 1916

Lab test for K L bacteria is negative


May 24, 1916

Lab test for K L bacteria is negative


May 25, 1916

Lab test for K L bacteria is negative


May 29, 1916

Discharged from hospital to unit


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to 40th Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jul 13, 1916

Embarked for France


Jul 14, 1916

TOS (Taken on Strength) the 21st Battalion in the field and reverts to rank of Private


Jul 15, 1916

Admitted to No 39 General Hospital at Havre France with a “not yet determined ailment”, but was later recorded as “Impetigo of the face and neck”


Jul 16, 1916

Transferred to No 2 General Hospital


Jul 20, 1916

Discharged to No 12 Camp at Harfleur


Aug 5, 1916

Left for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Sep 17, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Jan 22, 1917

Sent to duty with the 4th Canadian Draft Battalion


Feb 23, 1917

Returned to the 21st Battalion


Mar 9, 1917

Appointed Acting Corporal with pay


Mar 31, 1917

Reverts to permanent rank of Private


Apr 14, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sargeant to replace Sgt Andress (who was in “A” Company)


May 25, 1917

Proceeded on course (type of course not specified)


Sep 20, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course


Nov 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 19, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Dec 6, 1917

Mother passed away and next of kin changed to Mrs Agnes Dumaresq (sister-in-law) of 4 William St, Halifax NS 

NOTE:  This was the date of the Halifax Explosion


Jan 26, 1918

Wounded (GSW) gun shot wound to scalp and contusion to left leg and sent to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Jan 30, 1918

Discharged to duty and rejoined 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 5, 1918

Next of Kin changed to brother, BA Dumaresq at 4 William St., Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 17, 1918

Granted 10 days leave to Paris


Jul 30, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Aug 26, 1918

Admitted to No 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with SW (Shrapnel wound) to right shoulder.  Transferred to No 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he Died of Wounds


Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery
Averdoingt France


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal as per London Gazette #31142



Dec 15, 1920

Death Scroll sent to brother at 113 ½ North St., Halifax Nova Scotia


Dec 7, 1921

Death Plaque sent to brother at 113 ½ North St., Halifax Nova Scotia (this is commonly referred to as the Death Penny because of it’s colour and shape and appearance)


Sep 23, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to brother, B.A. Dumaresq Esq. at 113 ½ North St., Halifax Nova Scotia 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Walter Dumaresq being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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