Victor Norman Winston

Nov 1, 1893

Born in England to George and Alice Susan Winston


Sep 23, 1903

Embarked the SS Dominion in Liverpool in the care of the Barnardo’s Boys Home and brought to Canada under the banner of British Home Children


Oct 2, 1903

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to the Barnardo’s Boys Home, 214 Farley Ave., Toronto, Ontario




Oct 3, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Peterborough, Ontario


Jan 8, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) under the MSA in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 4020660

Ø  Next of kin given as Albert Edward Winston, brother, 86 Princess St., St. John, New Brunswick

Ø  Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as English Church


Jan 22, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 2nd Regimental Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment


Feb 6, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion in Seaford to continue training


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Winston joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Fouquescourt, France


Aug 28, 1918

Just 13 days after joining the battalion, Private Victor Norman Winston was killed during the advance on the Sensee River, south-east of Vis-en-Artois, France.  He was buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Military Cemetery, Haucourt, France.  Note that there are 2 soldiers buried in this grave and Private Winston’s name is on the bottom.


Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his brother, Albert Edward Winston (another British Home Child), 598 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Ernest George Winston, East Woodhay, Newbury, Berkshire, England

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Victor Winston is honoured on the memorial wall in Peterborough, Ontario



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