Dyment, Eli Herman 1 2a

Birth Name Dyment, Eli Herman 3a 4a 5a 6a
Gender male
Age at Death 77 years, 2 months, 6 days

Narrative

Herman was born July 26 1895 in Northam, the third son of James Dyment and Laura Belle McArthur. He was named after James' older brother Eli.

Herman went to the Northam school, which was across the road from the Dyment farm. He went on to graduate from business school in Charlottetown in 1913.

Herman and his brother Wilf both volunteered to go overseas in 1915. His enlistment form described him as being 5 ft 5 inches, with a ruddy complexion, blue-grey eyes and dark brown hair.

Pioneer - 4 December 1915 - p. 3 col. 6

“On his departure from the Island Mr. Herman Dyment, No. 2 Heavy Siege Battery, was presented with a purse by his friends in Northam, of which place he was a highly respected citizen.”

 

After training in England, he embarked for France in 1916. He was attached to the 2nd Siege Battery Field, and was soon appointed to acting Bombadier, and then Corporal; around this time he was sent to the 1st Army Artillery School for a month. In 1918 he was promoted to Sergeant in the 2nd Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery. According to the war diary of this brigade, he would have seen considerable action, fighting in many of the notable battles of the war.

Herman joined his brother Bill in Maine in 1919, and they were both there in 1920, most likely working in the woods. Unlike Bill, Herm returned to the Island, where he became a successful farmer.

Herman married twice. His first wife was Inez Jean Gorrill, born 24 January 1897 in Northam, the daughter of Richard Henry (Harry) Gorrill and Marinda MacLeod. The newspaper recorded the marriage of this popular couple, at the Rectory at Port Hill on 2 June 1920. They were living in Montrose, Lot 7 at the time of the 1921 census, and that was where their children were born: Wendell, Marion, Eleanor, Kathleen, Laura Belle, Wilna, and Joyce. They later moved to Inez's old home in Northam.

In addition to farming, Herman was a potato inspector.

Inez died 4 Feb. 1946 at Northam. After Inez' death Herman married Iris Glenn Stewart, in a quiet wedding on August 22 1950. Glenn was the youngest daughter of the late David and Mrs. Stewart, born on 28 October 1909 in Northam. She taught music in Northam for many years. She died in 1988 at the age of 78.

Herman died October 1 1972.

From the history of Northam, Here to There:
The 1880 Atlas pf Prince Edward Island shows Richard Gorrill as occupant DeedA9/154 Lease 80 acres January 21, 1858 Deed B3/135 Lease 50 acres November 1, 1865 deeded December 5, 1877 transferred to William Henry (Harry) Gorrill transferred to Ernest Gorrill transferred to Herman Dyment 1946 transferred to Wendell Dyment 1951 transferred to Lloyd and Mary Cann. (There to Here by Roy Newcombe)

Also from the history of Northam by Roy Newcombe:
-J. Wendell married Verna Folland (see below)
-Marion married Michael Senick of Montreal and had nine children: Kathleen Marlene, Carolyn, Nickolas, Amelia, Leon, Barbara, Deborah and Douglas.
-Eleanor (now deceased) married William Conkey of Newfoundland and had one son
Charles.
-Kathleen married Horace Newcombe of Tyne Valley where they live (refer to Roy and Muriel Newcombe)
-Laura (now deceased) married Henry Birch of Birch Hill where they lived, and had three children: Anna, Edith and Kevin.
-Wilna married George Millar of Birch Hill, where they live, and have four children:
Margaret, Arthur, Herman and Brenda.
-Joyce married Kelvin MacLennan of Port Hill, where they live, and have two daughters: Karen and Carol.
Wendell Dyment married Verna Folland, daughter of Thomas and Florence (Taylor) Folland of Tyne Valley. He enlisted in the army for service in World War 2. After the war ended, he took over the farm.

Narrative

Dyment, Herman
Journal Pioneer - 2 October 1973, page 3, col. 1

Young and old were saddened on Sunday, October 1, 1972 when it became known that Herman Dyment had passed away in the Western Hospital shortly before noon. Born at Northam seventy-seven years ago, he was a son of James Dyment and his wife Laura Belle MacArthur. He received his education at the public school in Northam and Union Commercial College in Charlottetown.

In October 1915 he enlisted in the Second Siege Battery and two months later landed in England as part of the first Canadian battery to go overseas as a complete unit. The following spring he and his comrades went to France where battles in which they fought included the famous ones of The Somme, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. Following the Armistice on November 11, 1918 they marched through Belgium into Germany. Returning to Canada in May, 1919, he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

The year after his return he was married to Inez Jane Gorrill and they made their home in Montrose where he engaged in farming for seventeen years before returning to Northam, where he continued to farm and later became a potato inspector. Mrs. Dyment died in 1946, and four years later he married Iris Glenn Stewart. Mr. Dyment retired in 1960 and since 1965 he and his wife have lived in Alberton.

Mr. Dyment was a member of the United Church of Canada, of the Masonic Order, of the Scottish Rite, and of the Royal Canadian Legion. At the time of his death he was serving a second term as president of the Second Siege Battery.

A fitting tribute was paid by one of his comrades in these words: "In any group there are certain ones who because of particular qualities hold a special place in the esteem of their comrades. Herman was one such. His character won the respect of everyone, while his warm friendliness and happy smile made him a friend to all." These qualities, so well known to his comrades in war, were equally well known to others. His family and a wide circle of friends of all ages well hold in their hearts cherished and happy memories of a good man who was held in affectionate esteem.

Surviving besides his wife are the children of his first marriage: Wendell of Barrie, Ontario; Mrs. Michael Senick (Marion) of Montreal; Mrs. William Conkey (Eleanor) of Cornerbrook, Newfoundland; Mrs. Horace Newcombe (Kathleen) of Tyne Valley; Mrs. Henry Birch (Laura) of Birch Hill; Mrs. George Miller (Wilma) of Birch Hill; and Mrs. Kelvin MacLennan of Port Hill; twenty-nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

There are also three sisters and five brothers: Mrs. George Marchbank (Eleanor) of Bible Hill, N.S.; Mrs. Bruce Crozier (Annie) of Baltic; Mrs. David Finlayson (Laura) of Ottawa; William and Roy of Rochester, N.Y.; Clifford of New London, Conn.; Spurgeon and Russell of Northam. Three brothers: Rev. Hatfield Dyment, Wilfred and Edward, and one sister, Ethel, predeceased him.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth July 26, 1895 Northam, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada bap. Richmond Bay Pastoral Charge West Presbyterian Church 3b 4b 5b 6b
Death October 1, 1972 Alberton, Lot 4, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada gravestone  
Residence 1915 Northam, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada enlistment form for WW1 3c
Residence 1901 Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   6c
Residence 1911 Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   4c
Arrival November 19, 1919 Vanceboro, Maine, United States working in the woods during the winter 5c
Marriage August 22, 1958   church records  

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, JamesFebruary 14, 1862November 25, 1956
Mother McArthur, Laura BelleNovember 26, 1871August 7, 1945
    Brother     Dyment, Albert Hatfield June 13, 1891 June 26, 1964
    Brother     Dyment, Wilfred James July 28, 1893 May 8, 1955
         Dyment, Eli Herman July 26, 1895 October 1, 1972
    Brother     Dyment, Edward Earle October 3, 1897 April 12, 1972
    Sister     Dyment, Mary Eleanor March 5, 1899 November 15, 1984
    Brother     Dyment, Henry Williams Bill March 2, 1900 May 15, 1987
    Brother     Dyment, Alexander Clifford December 19, 1903 June 1, 1982
    Sister     Dyment, Laura Belle November 15, 1905 September 9, 1991
    Brother     Dyment, Cecil Roy May 21, 1908 May 31, 1998
    Sister     Dyment, Annie Minerva September 30, 1908 November 2, 1978
    Brother     Dyment, Arthur Spurgeon August 31, 1910 April 27, 1994
    Sister     Dyment, Clara Ethel April 24, 1912 March 19, 1925
    Brother     Dyment, George Russel December 5, 1914 August 6, 1991

Families

Family of Dyment, Eli Herman and Gorrill, Inez Jean

Married Wife Gorrill, Inez Jean ( * January 24, 1897 + February 4, 1946 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage June 2, 1920 The Rectory, Port Hill Bideford Church Records  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Dyment, Wendell JamesJuly 14, 1921March 29, 1984
Dyment, Eleanor StellaOctober 12, 1923May 24, 1978
Dyment, Laura BelleAugust 5, 19261984

Family of Dyment, Eli Herman and Stewart, Iris Glenn

Married Wife Stewart, Iris Glenn ( * October 28, 1909 + 1988 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage August 22, 1950 Prince Edward Island, Canada    

Source References

  1. Newcombe, Roy: There to Here, A History of Northam Prince Edward Island
  2. World War 1 Attestation Papers
      • Date: 1915
      • Page: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2793 - 37
  3. Ancestry.com: Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
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        Birth date: 26 Jul 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Canada

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        Birth date: 26 Jul 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Canada

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        Birth date: 26 Jul 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Canada

  4. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: July 1895 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: July 1895 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: July 1895 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  5. Ancestry.com: Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
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        Birth date: abt 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Arrival date: 19 Nov 1919 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

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        Birth date: abt 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Arrival date: 19 Nov 1919 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

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        Birth date: abt 1895 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Arrival date: 19 Nov 1919 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

  6. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1895 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1895 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1895 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada