John "Jack" Dyer

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 22, 1889

Born at Williamstown Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59284 (temporary number 516)

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Dyer, father, of RR #1 Cornwall Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion not stated

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

The Battalion trained in Kingston Ontario


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent




Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jun 24, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Gifford 59363, who had been Killed in Action


Aug 21, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Godfrey 59374, who had been promoted


Sep 21, 1916

Admitted to No 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to the lower buttock and discharged to duty the same day


Nov 26, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 8, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Dec 19, 1916

While in charge of a ration party, he was accidentally wounded over his right eye.  He tried to carry on without any medical attention.

The Commanding Officer, L/Col EW Jones, investigated and determined that he was not at fault and he received no punishment


Dec 22, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA due to the accidental wound over his right eye


Dec 28, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 5, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant with pay to replace Sgt Mackinnon 469049, who had proceeded to England for a Commission


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance at Vimy Ridge, Sgt Dyer was first reported to be wounded, then was listed as Missing in Action.  His body was never recovered and eventually declared to have died on this date.  Because his body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Post war the following were sent to his mother, Mrs Thomas Dyer, at RR No 1, Box 38, Cornwall Ontario 

1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Memorial Cross 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father at the same address



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war 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 John Dyer 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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