Fred Haylock

Jan 8, 1887

Born in Cambridge, England to Charles and Elizabeth Jane (nee Skinner) Haylock


Aug 9, 1911

Married to Harriet Sarah Fisher in Peterborough, Ontario


Feb 18, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario 

Ø      Number 412478

Ø      Next of kin given as Harriet Haylock, wife, 52 Ware St., Peterborough, Ontario

o       The address was recorded as Weir St., but the correct spelling is Ware St.

Ø      Previous occupation given as Assembler

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Headquarters Staff 

The battalion trained in the Belleville, Ontario area


Apr 11, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Apr 15, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 10, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Grippe


May 15, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec


Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and then on to Lydd to continue training


Sep 20, 1915

To receive 75¢ per day working pay as a Pioneer


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling to continue training


Oct 26, 1915

Working pay discontinued


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 15, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion in the front line 33 to 38 trenches near Verbrande Molen, Belgium


Sep 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin).  This is a fever without a known cause


Sep 8, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at the No. 5 CFA for treatment at Val de Maison, north of Amiens


Sep 13, 1916

Transferred to the No. 8 CFA to continue his recovery


Sep 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Nov 6, 1916

Attached to the Trench Mortar Company of the 1st Army for duty


Nov 21, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the trench mortar company


Dec 14, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery for duty


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps, the 4th Trench Mortar Battery supported the troops from close range.  Private Haylock was shot in the jaw by a sniper.  The bullet entered the lower jaw, fracturing it in 2 places before exiting.  He was first treated at the nearby field ambulance before being transported to the casualty clearing station for further treatment


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital in Havre and placed on the dangerously ill list


Apr 22, 1917

Removed from the dangerously ill list and invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Cambridge Hospital in Aldershot where several surgeries were performed to remove bone fragments, install steel plates and to wire the jaw closed in order to aid the healing process

According to the letter below from the Peterborough Examiner dated July 4, 1917, he was a patient in the Waverley Abbey Hospital in Farnham, however there is no mention of this in his service file.

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Frognal, Sidcup


Oct 27, 1917

Transferred to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital (Ontario Military Hospital) in Orpington, Kent


Jan 5, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale


Feb 4, 1918

Invalided to Canada and embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya in Liverpool


Feb 16, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario 

TOS Military District #3 in Kingston


Feb 21, 1918

Admitted to the Queen St. Military Hospital, Kingston


Apr 24, 1918

Discharged from the CEF into the care of the DSCR (Department of Soldier’s Civil Re-Establishment) while still in hospital 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War service badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 47 Ware St, Peterborough, Ontario


Apr 29, 1918

Discharged from hospital and proceeded home to Peterborough


Aug 17, 1918

Admitted to the Nicholls Hospital in Peterborough with severe abdominal pain where a solid mass could be felt


Sep 3, 1918

Surgery was performed to remove a blockage in the bowel.  This was a result of his inability to chew solid food from because of his fractured jaw


Sep 9, 1918

Following the surgery complications set in and he developed Peritonitis, which caused his death at 3.50 am. 

He was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough

Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. H. Haylock, 611 Chamberlain St., Brownton Post Office, Peterborough, Ontario 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Haylock, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England


Fred Haylock is honoured on the War Memorial in Peterborough, Ontario

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