Walter Harold Moore, MM



Jun 6, 1896

Born at Harvey Township, Ontario


Nov 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59671 (temporary number 661)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs J Grey (grandmother) of RR# 4 Peterborough Ontario, c/o Geo Miller.

o       This was later changed to Mr WH Moore (father) of Arcola Saskatchewan

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to No 4 Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jun 21, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention for misconduct


Jul 15, 1915

Transferred to the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Dec 28, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment for: 

Ø      Not complying with an order

Ø      Using obscene language to an NCO


Jan 20, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No 1 for: 

Ø      Absent from fatigues on January 18, 1916

Ø      Absent from fatigues on January 19, 1916


Apr 13, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No 1 for being drunk whilst in Billets


Apr 15, 1916

Sentence of Field Punishment was remitted for “Meritorious Conduct and Bravery displayed during operations at St Eloi”


Aug 2, 1916

Invalided to England and admitted to City of London War Hospital, Clapton, with wounds to both hands and right thigh 

Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Aug 31, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC at Folkestone


Sep 23, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Oct 3, 1916

Discharged from Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Oct 7, 1916

Placed On Command to 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Folkestone


Nov 10, 1916

Granted the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 24, 1917

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 6, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and TOS 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1917

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 17, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the Support Trenches in the Volker House area


Aug 24, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No 1 for Drunkeness


Nov 1, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 13, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to right arm and left leg.  Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred same day to No 13 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred via 39 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 7 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 16, 1918

Transferred to No 7 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Apr 23, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30652


Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  In connection with a hostile raid on a large scale when the enemy succeeded in entering our trenches under cover of an intense artillery barrage and the use of liquid fire, this runner brought messages through to Battn Headquarters.  On returning to his Company he seized a rifle and attacked the enmey with great determination, accounting himself for two of them.  Throughout, he displayed great courage.

AFW 3121    7-3-18


May 7, 1918

Transferred to No 10 Convalescent Hospital at Ecault


May 11, 1918

Discharged to No 5 Rest Camp


May 15, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre


Jun 6, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jun 16, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front lines in the Mercatel Section


Aug 26, 1918

Wounded by shrapnel in right knee and admitted to No 5 CFA, then transferred same day to the CCS.


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Canadian General Hospital at St Pol


Aug 29, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


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


Aug 30, 1918

Admitted to 1st West General Hospital at Liverpool


Oct 9, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood, Wokingham


Oct 18, 1918

On Command to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Witley


Oct 28, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 1900 hours


Nov 20, 1918

Declared to be illegally absent and is SOS (Struck Off Strength)


Dec 9, 1918

Placed under arrest at Witley Camp and TOS EORD then placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Dec 17, 1918

Found Guilty by a Court Martial of being AWL and for missing kit. 

Sentenced to 56 days detention and to forfeit 24 days pay, for a total of 88 days forfeiture of pay, including 8 days while under arrest awaiting trial 

See Court Martial Summary below for additional details


Dec 31, 1918

Sent to the Wandsworth Detention Barracks


Mar 4, 1919

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion on reporting from 1st CCD


Mar 18, 1919

TOS MD #3 at Kimmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Mar 25, 1919

Embarked the HMT Scotian at Liverpool (later renamed President Lincoln)



TOS DD #4, Montreal Quebec


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


Apr 10, 1919

Posted to Casualty Company, DD #4, Montreal Quebec


May 17, 1919

Sentenced to 2 months Detention in Hard Labour for 

Ø      Impeding an NCO in execution of duty

Ø      Striking an NCO


Jul 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Montreal Quebec while in detention 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Peterborough Ontario

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 292355

Ø      Rank on discharge – Pte


Jul 16, 1919

Released from detention


May 4, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to RR #1 Peterborough Ontario


Summary of Court Martial Proceedings

Library and Archives Canada reference 


Name: Moore, Walter Harold

Regimental Number: 59671

Rank: Private

Unit: EORD

Date: 1918/28/10-1918/09/12

Offence: 12(1a), 24(2)



RG150 - Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Series 8, File 649-M-6356, Microfilm Reel Number T-8672, file access code 90, Finding Aid Number 150-5


The District Court Martial was held at Witley Camp on December 17, 1918



Major JT Bardolph



Capt PH Jobb, 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion

Capt E Delaney, 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion


Capt ES Sawell, 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion (formerly with the 21st Battalion) appears as counsel for the accused.


Charge Number 1 

WHEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE, DESERTING HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE in that he, at Witley, Surrey, on the 28th day of October, 1918, absented himself without leave from the 1st Canadian Command Depot until reporting to Receiving Company Orderly Room, 1st Canadian Command Depot, Witley Camp, Surrey, at 2200, on the 9th day of December, 1918. 

Charge Number 2 

LOSING BY NEGLECT HIS EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING AND REGIMENTAL NECESSARIES in that he, at Witley Camp, Surrey, on the 10th day of December, 1918, was deficient of:- 1 Tooth Brush, value 7 ½ d; 1 Winter Shirt, value 4/7 d; 1 Waistcoat Cardigan, value 6/-; 1 table spoon, value 5d; TOTAL VALUE 11/7 ½ d, being articles of his equipment, clothing and regimental necessaries.


He entered a plea of Not Guilty to both charges.



No 424303 Cpl Taylor R

1st Canadian Command Depot 

“I am NCO in charge of the Absentees’ Receiving Company, 1st Canadian Command Depot.  I recognize the accused.  I produce a certified true copy of the Record of Declaration of a Court of Inquiry (marked “Y”, signed by the President and attached to the Proceedings) held on the 20th November, 1918, which Court declared that the accused illegally absented himself without leave on the 28th day of October, 1918. 

The accused reported to the Receiving Company Orderly Room, 1st Canadian Command Depot, at 2200 o’clock, 9th December, 1918.”


The accused declined to cross-examine this witness.



No 851 Pte Arthur Haydock 

“I am employed in the Quarter-Master’s Stores, Receiving Company, 1st Canadian Command Depot.  I recognize the accused.  On the 10th day of December, 1918, I checked his kit and found it deficient of 1 Tooth Brush, 1 Winter Shirt, 1 Waistcoat Cardigan, 1 Table Spoon.  Total value 11/7 ½ .  I produce for the examination of the Court, the clothing statement of the accused, showing that these articles had been issued to him.”


The accused declined to ask any questions of the witness.


The accused declined to call any witnesses in his defence of the first charge but did wish to make a statement, as follows: 

“I was in uniform all the time I was about and had no intention of Deserting His Majesty’s Forces.”


He was found Not Guilty of the first charge of Desertion, but was found Guilty of being Absent Without Leave.


In his defence of the second charge, the accused called 1 witness, Capt RJ Davidson 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion (formerly with the 21st Battalion) and he stated: 

“I have known the accused Pte Moore, for over four years now.  Twenty-seven months of that time he was in France with the 21st Battalion.  During that time, perhaps whilst out of the line, he was inclined to be careless. 

In the line he always proved to be one of the best men I had in my Company.  So far as I know, he is of good moral character.”


The prosecutor declined to cross examine


The accused was found guilty of the second charge



The Medical Officer stated that the accused was in a good state of health and that he is fit to undergo imprisonment with or without hard labour, and given his past medical history, it would not seriously affect his condition.



It was noted that he had been in custody for 8 days waiting trial 

Since enlistment, he has been charged with Drunkeness 1 time, he has been absent without leave 4 times, he broke quarantine 1 time, he was absent from parade 1 time, and for Improper conduct in huts 1 time. 

It was also noted that he was awarded the Military Medal




Pte WH Moore was sentenced to 

Ø      56 days detention

Ø      to undergo stoppage of pay until he has made good the value of the following articles

o       Brushes Tooth – one – 7 ½

o       Waistcoat Cardigan – one – 6-0

o       Spoon Table – one - .5

o       Shirts Winter – one – 4.7

§          Total s11-7 ½  Eleven Shillings and Seven Pence Halfpenny 


Note that the record for Court Martial that took place in Montreal could not be located in the Archives and the only information available is that which is contained in his service file summarized above.

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