Norman Mumby

Oct 20, 1900

Born in Cordova, Ontario to William and Elsie (nee Tompkins) Mumby


Mar 11, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Marmora, Ontario

Ø  Number 636865

Ø  Next of kin given as Cynthia Sopha, aunt, Marmora, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Norman lied about his age, stating that he had been born October 20, 1899.

Of note, his twin brother, Nathan, attested into the 93rd Battalion CEF in the same month.  He also lied about his age, stating that his birth date was October 20, 1898.  He survived the war.

Stephen Nichol reports that he was accepted as an underage soldier with the consent of his guardian

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 154th Battalion in Bramshott to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Mumby joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches east of Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements from the base depot


Aug 14, 1917

While the 21st Battalion was making preparations for the attack on Hill 70 that was to begin the following morning, the support trenches came under an enemy artillery barrage.  Private Norman Mumby was killed during this action at the age of 16 years.  He was later buried in the Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery, west of Lens, France.



Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Tompkins, Cordova Mines, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Mr. Fred Mumby, 41 Morrison St., Niagara Falls, Ontario

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Norman Mumby is also honoured on the Marmora, Ontario War Memorial

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