Service History of Private John Taylor Dewar

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John Taylor Dewar, left. Brother William Robb Dewar, right. Unknown soldier, center. Date and location of photo unknown.


  1. Born Leith, Scotland October 28, 1897.
  2. Immigrates to Canada and family is living at 14 Norfolk Avenue, Galt, Ontario. Galt is later to become the amalgamated City of Cambridge (1974).
  3. At the age of 18 joins the 111th Battalion attesting on November 11th, 1915 in Galt, Ontario.
    1. He is 5’ 4.5” tall.
    2. Weighs 112 pounds
    3. His chest is 30 inches in circumference with a 3 inch expansion.
    4. He is classified as having good physical development.
    5. 2 vaccination marks on his left arm which he received 10 years prior to enlisting.
    6. He has no marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease.
    7. He receives 2 anti-typhoid inoculations.
  4. On August 22nd, 1916 completes his Will. He leave his real and personal estate to his mother, Mrs. Isobel Dewar. It appears he is assigned to ‘A” Company, 111th Battalion as both witnesses for the will are officers of this company.
  5. There is a notation that in September 1916 he forfeited 2 days’ pay but there is no notation in his service record indicating the reason. The most common reason was being absent without leave or losing/damaging part of his military kit.
  6. In September 1916 assigns $20.00 per month of his pay to his mother. This is paid until his death in April 1918 when the record of the payments stop.
  7. In Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 26th, 1916 embarks the S.S. Tuscania and debarks Liverpool, England on October 6th, 1916.
  8. Arrives East Sandling Camp, Folkestone and is transferred from the 111th Battalion to the 17th Reserve Battalion on October 8th, 1916.
  9. Re-transferred and taken on strength (TOS) to the 111th Battalion on October 10th, 1916.
  10. Transferred and TOS to the 35th Reserve Battalion on October 13th, 1916 stationed in West Sandling.
  11. November 12, 1916 transferred to the 4th Battalion in France.
  12. November 14, 1916 arrived C.B.D. and then on November 30th leaves C.B.D. and arrives December 3, 1916 at the 4th The Battalion is billeted in in the Lens sector at GOUY-SERVINS. On the date of arrival the Battalion was in Divisional Reserve and training. He was part of a draft of 101 men that arrived that day.
  13. December 22nd, 1917 granted 14 days leave and returns on January 4th, 1918.
  14. On April 1st, 1918 ‘D’ Company suffered two killed in action and twenty-one men suffered gunshot wounds. It is believed that Pte. Dewar was wounded in this action at BEAURAINS in the Dainsville & Telegraph Hill sector near Arras or was wounded the following day. The Circumstances of Death Card indicates wounding by shell fire but documentation (to follow) from the Galt Record indicates that he was wounded on the April 1st.
  15. On April 3rd, 1918 died of wounds received in action.
  16. Buried as reported on February 21st, 1921 in plot VII, row 33, grave C at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

Documentation for above…

Page 1 of the attestation papers for John Taylor Dewar. Note that the first name is is corrected twice and the notation beside whether he served in the active militia has be corrected from No to Yes.
Note that J.T. Dewar had JUST turned 18 on October 28, 1915.
Medical Sheet
Medical Sheet for Pte. J.T. Dewar.
Forfieture of Pay September 1916
Notation regarding forfeiture of 2 days’ pay.
Assigned Pay Page 1
Assigned Pay, page 1. Soldiers could assign a portion of their pay to a family member. Pte. Dewar assigned his pay to his mother Isabella. A Canadian Private soldier was paid $1.00 per day with a .10 cents per day added for overseas service. This worked out to $33.00 per month on average.
Assigned Pay Page 2
Sheet 2 of Assigned Pay.
SS Tuscania is the ship Pte. J.T. Dewar transited on across the Atlantic to start his war service on the Continent after being posted to East and West Sandling Camps in Folkestone, England.
SS Tuscania is the ship Pte. J.T. Dewar transited on across the Atlantic to start his war service on the Continent after being posted to East and West Sandling Camps in Folkestone, England.
This undated map shows the area where the 4th Battalion was serving at the time of Pte. Dewar’s death. Note in the center of the map the location called “The Harp”. Telegraph Hill is immediately to the south of this feature and the village of Beaurains is directly West of this. Pte. Dewar is buried in Arras. The village of Beaurains and Arras have grown together but the grave is not far from where he was wounded and died.

Circumstances of Death Card John Taylor Dewarkitpl002834866

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