Harold Bens Mutton

Apr 13, 1897

Born in Bowmanville, Ontario to William and Matilda “Tilly” (nee Fogarty) Mutton


Mar 27, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion CEF in Bowmanville, Ontario


Ø  Number 805667

Ø  Next of kin given as W.B. Mutton, father, Bowmanville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Rubber Worker at Goodyear Rubber, Bowmanville

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “B” Company


The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Corsican in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp where the battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Dec 7, 1916

Transferred to the 64th Battalion at East Sandling to continue training


Feb 8, 1917

Medical Board in Shoreham declares his category as B2 (not fit for front line service) for being under weight


Mar 21, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Apr 30, 1917

Medical Board at Seaford changes his category to A2 (fit for front line service after conditioning)


May 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

After leaving the base depot Private Mutton joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion with a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 20, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve at Fosse 10 and assigned for duty as a Runner for Major AP Miller DSO, MCx2


Nov 9, 1917

Less than 3 months after joining the battalion, Private Mutton was killed in action at Passchendaele, Belgium.  He was given a battlefield burial in a field near Crest Farm.  Following the war, his identifiable remains could not be located and his name is listed on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium for those killed during the war in Belgium with no known grave.


Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his grandmother, Mrs. Louisa Mutton, PO Box 125, Bowmanville, Ontario

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

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Harold Mutton is also honoured on the Belleville, Ontario War Memorial



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