Dunsford, Martin: Captain

Digitized Service Record


Mentioned in report by L. Skelton re. German Trench raid.

Note that this soldier may have been identified incorrectly as DUNSTAN in “Duty Nobly Done”.

On page 231 of “Duty Nobly Done” the following text relates: “A reorganization of company leadership took place and Lieutenant Dunstan was promoted to the rank of captain.”



During bombardment Enemy attempted to raid our extreme left near road. AAA.

Came as far as our wire and then ran back. Three of our men where were out in No Man’s land on covering party are missing. AAA

Search has been made for them but only two rifles were found. AAA.

About 20 or 30 men were in German party. AAA.

M Dunsford Lt.
O.C. “B” Coy
3.20 AM
(Casualty Report Later)

Page 44 of the July 1917 War Diary has the following document attached as an appendix which reads:

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This paragraph relates to the action at the Battle of Hill 70 on August 15, 1917.


This officer very gallantly led his men to the attack and although severely wounded shortly after entering the enemy front line trenches, he continued to encourage his men by his personal example. By his intimate knowledge of the situation he was able, although incapacitated himself, to direct his men until the objective was reached refusing to  be carried out until the more serious cases had been evacuated.

Dunsford, Martin — Captain. Born 12th January, 1892, at
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Father, W. H. Dunsford, Manager,
The Canadian Bank of Commerce, Peterboro. Educated at the High
School of Quebec. Entered the service of the Bank, 28th September,
1909. Enlisted, 17th January, 1916, from Peterboro branch,
in 129th Canadian Battalion, with the rank of Lieutenant.
Transferred to 18th Battalion, 4th October, 1916. Promoted
Captain, June, 1917. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, 9th April,
1917; Hill 70, 15th August, 1917.

Mentioned in Despatches

(30th December, 1917)


Gallant and Distinguished Service in the Field.

Gun shot wound in the left thigh and right shoulder, 15th August, 1917. Demobilized, 17th February, 1919, on account of being medically unfit for further military service. Returned to duty with
the Bank, 15th June, 1920. 208.

Source: “Letters from the front. Being a record of the part played by officers of the Bank in the great war, 1914-1919” by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce


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