Theodore Gunyon

Nov 10, 1892

Born in Trenton, Ontario to Theodore and Matilda (nee Brown) Gunyon


Aug 7, 1909

Married to Pearl in Deseronto, Ontario


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Trenton, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636380

Ø      Next of kin given as Pearl Gunyon, wife, Trenton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Oct 17, 1916

The 155th Battalion Embarked for France In Halifax, Nova Scotia, but Private Gunyon was absent and SOS (Struck Off Strength) as being illegally absent


Mar 22, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 2nd Battalion Regimental Draft in Kingston, Ontario.  His file shows that he was transferred from the 155th Battalion to the draft.  One would conclude that he supplied a good reason for his absence in order not to be Court Martialed.  There is no indication in the file that he received any punishment. 

When he joined in Kingston, he signed a pay assignment to his uncle rather than to his wife.  There is a note that his wife remarried and it is possible that they separated or divorced while he was illegally absent.  Her new name is Mrs. Pearl Gauthier


Mar 26, 1917

Medical exam in Kingston declares him fit for service


Mar 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 27, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 448 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 6, 1917

After leaving the CIBD, Private Gunyon joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois, France


Nov 10, 1917

Admitted to the No. 11 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads influenza and transferred the same day to the No. 12 CFA


Nov 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 98 Field Ambulance


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Australian CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 25, 1917

Transferred to the No. 44 CCS and the diagnosis is changed to read Trench Fever


Nov 27, 1917

Transferred via the No. 34 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 55 General Hospital in Boulogne


Dec 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 12 Convalescent Depot in Aubengue to continue his recovery


Dec 13, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13 Convalescent Depot


Dec 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 15 Convalescent Depot in Trouville to continue his convalescence


Jan 12, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and TOS the No. 2 CIBD and classified TB (Temporary Base) meaning that he is not fit for front line service


Jan 24, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 9, 1918

Granted 14 days sick leave


Mar 27, 1918

Rejoined the CC Rein C from leave and was attached to the Battery Ploughing Company for duty


Mar 28, 1918

While in his billet, the building was hit by 2 artillery shells killing him instantly.  He was buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, north of Arras

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his uncle, Mr. James Bartlett, RR# 4 Frankford, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Matilda Williams at the same address. 

There was no Memorial Cross issued to his widow.  As mentioned above, it is possible that they divorced in 1916.


Private Theodore Gunyon is honoured on the gates to Fraser Park,
Trenton, Ontario with others from the city who fell during WW1


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