Dyer, John Clements: Service no. 189746


Digitized Service Record


Note:  Made aware of this solder via a blog comment. Member of 18th Battalion Facebook Group.

American citizen.

Photo submitted to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group by Ed Wilson: “Aix-Noulette cemetery where 15 men are buried. On the road D.coy were hit with a High Explosive shell. 53 casualties, 23 fatal including our own distant relative (on Mums side) John Clements Dyer.”
Photo submitted to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group by Ed Wilson. The men in the photo are in replica uniforms of the 18th Battalion and flank Private Dyer’s headstone.

Summary of Service[i] for Private John Clements Dyer, reg. no. 189746

Date Event Remarks
March 28, 1897 Born Detroit, Michigan, United States of America to James Dyer, father.
January 3, 1916 Enlisted Enlisted with the 186th Overseas Battalion at St. Thomas, Ontario. He was a 18-year, 9-month old woodworker standing 5’4” tall and a chest of 33” with a 2” expansion. He was a Methodist. He weighed 120 lbs. His medical record shows is “Habits” were “good.” His next-of-kin is his father, James Dyer, residing at 174 Gray Street, Chatham, Ontario.

Note: This soldier originally enlisted with the 91st Battalion and was transferred to the 186th on February 29, 1916.

February, April, and May 1916 Inoculated and Vaccinated
July 7, 1916 2 Days C.B. Per. D.O. 125 of that date.
January 22, 1917 1 Day C.B. Per D.O. 18 of that date.
March 27, 1917 Embarked Embarked the S.S. Lapland at Halifax for service in England.
April 1, 1917 Assigned Pay Assigned $20.00 of his pay to Mrs. Georgina Dyer, 174 Gray Street, Chatham, Ontario.
April 7, 1917 Disembarked Disembarked at Liverpool for Bramshott Camp.
April 7, 1917 Transferred Stuck off Strength (SOS) the 186th Battalion and Taken Off Strength (TOS) 4th Reserve Canadian Battalion, Bramshott.
June 5, 1917 Transferred SOS the 4th Cdn. Res. Bn. To the 18th Battalion.
June 6, 1917 Arrived Arrived 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, France.
June 13, 1917 Joined Joined the 18th Battalion “In the Field.” The War Diary relates, ““B” Company at ranges on Musketry instruction. Special training by R.S.M. Price[ii] of N.C.Os. 52 o.rs arrived as reinforcements. 3 o.rs returned from hospital.”
August 21, 1917 Killed in Action Killed by shell bursting in road. This action was one of the greatest single causes of loss of life by an event in the Battalion’s history. The War Diary relates,
“The Battalion left BULLY-GRENAY at9.30 a.m. and proceeded to BOUVIGNY HUTS going in Corps Reserve. On the road “D”coy sustained 52 casualties, 23 of which were fatal, by the bursting of an enemy shell (high velocity). This bringing our casualties to approximately 220 during the tour.

Lieut. W. Hampton and 4 O.Rs admitted to hospital.”

On or about August 21, 1917 Interred Private Dyer was interred at Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension. He is buried along with 23 other comrades of the 18th Battalion at grave I.M.11. His inscription reads “ASLEEP IN JESUS”
October 10, 1920 Memorial Plaque Despatched Memorial Plaque Reqn. No. P11076 dispatched to James Dyer.
November 11, 1920 War Medals Despatched Victory and British War Medal despatched ref. (2)C30073.
1920 Memorial Cross Despatched Memorial Cross despatched. Note that mother died subsequent to receiving it.
December 3, 1920 Scroll Despatched Memorial Scroll Reqn. No. 22899 dispatched to James Dyer.

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

[ii] The identity of this soldier has not been confirmed. Possibly Price, George:  Service no. 928158.

“Killed in Action.” During military operations in the vicinity of Aix-Noulette, he was instantly killed by the explosion of an enemy shell.

Son of James and Rebecca Dyer, of 189, William St. South, Chatham, Ontario.

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