Dyment, Wilfred James Wilf 1 2a 3

Birth Name Dyment, Wilfred James Wilf 4a 5a 6a
Gender male
Age at Death 61 years, 9 months, 11 days

Narrative

Wilfred was born in Northam on 28 July 1893, the second son of James Dyment and Laura Belle McArthur. He attended the Charlottetown Business College, and began to work at the CNR Offices in 1911 in Moncton as a stenographer.

In October 1915, he and his brother Herman volunteered to go overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On his enlistment form, Wilf was described as being 5 ft. 4 inches in height. He arrived in England in December 1915, and by June 1916 was on his way to France with the 98th Siege Battery (renamed 2nd Canadian Field Artillery). This unit was made up primarily of soldiers from the Island. By 1917, Wilf was an acting Sergeant, and in November 1917 was made a Corporal. Around that time he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Garrison Artillery, and then to the 1st Battalion. During this time, he requested to return to gunner status from being an Artillery Clerk.

Wilfred was promoted to Sergeant in September 1918. He was Mentioned in Despatches in August 1919.

Wilf was mentioned in an article in the Island Magazine on the 2nd Siege Battery, which quotes from the war journal of Percy Wilfred MacNevin:
"- Tear shells came over this evening. Sgt Dyment went to bed with his goggles on. We had great fun with him.
- Just got into battery position and heard that Walter Lantz was killed at five minutes past twelve. He was in the cook shack with Sgt W Dyment, bomb."

An article in the Guardian in 1975 noted that the Second Siege was the first PEI unit to participate as a complete unit in any war. It left Charlottetown in the fall of 1915, and arrived in England in early December. The Battery sailed to France in June 1916, and was first engaged in the Battle of the Somme. Later it was at Vimy, and was outside of Mons at the end of the war. It was part of the army of occupation that went into Germany, finally returning to the Island in spring 1919. During the war, the battery was almost continuously in action.

After the war, Wilfred returned to work the Canadian National Railways. In 1921, he was promoted to be the Secretary for the Vice President of the CNR in Toronto. He was appointed as the company's agent in Japan in 1929. During this time he traveled in the Far East. He was appointed to the position of Traffic Manager in New Zealand, around 1936. In all, Wilf worked for the CNR for 41 years.

He married Margaret McIvor on 23 October 1940. There were several social notes in the local paper about their trips to visit James and Laura Belle in PEI. Wilf was home for his parent's 50th wedding anniversary, and they attended the reunion of the 2nd Siege Battery in 1953.

A woman who lived near the couple in New Zealand said that as a girl, a visit to Wilf and Margaret's was always a treat. Wilfred died suddenly on 8 May 1955 in Wellington, New Zealand at the age of 61 years. At the time, Margaret was away, visiting relatives in England. The newspaper noted that he passed away quietly while reading in his chair.

After Wilf's death, Margaret remarried. She and her husband continued to visit relatives in Canada over the years. I don't have an exact date of death for Margaret, but it was a few years after our trip to New Zealand in 1993.

All those who knew him can easily appreciate how keanly his loved ones will feel the loss of so noble a character. Blessed with a pleasing personality, Wilfred was a favourite among family and friends, for young and old alike his consideration for their comfort and happiness won him a special place in all hearts and his visits home were anticipated with pleasure.

 

 

 

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth July 28, 1893 Northam, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada bap. Richmond Bay Pastoral Charge West Presbyterian Church 4b 5b 6b
Death May 8, 1955 Wellington, New Zealand obituary  

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
         Dyment, Wilfred James Wilf July 28, 1893 May 8, 1955
    Brother     Dyment, Edward Earle October 3, 1897 April 12, 1972
    Sister     Dyment, Clara Ethel April 24, 1912 March 19, 1925

Source References

  1. Earle Dyment: Dyment Scrapbook
  2. World War 1 Attestation Papers
      • Page: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2793 - 42, Reg. No 92890
  3. Automated Genealogy: 1901 and 1911 census of Canada Indexing Project
  4. Ancestry.com: Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
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        Birth date: 28 Jul 1893 Birth place: Northam, P E Laland, Canada Residence date: Residence place: Canada

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        Birth date: 28 Jul 1893 Birth place: Northam, P E Laland, Canada Residence date: Residence place: Canada

  5. Ancestry.com: Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
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        Birth date: abt 1894 Birth place: Canada Arrival date: 12 Apr 1933 Arrival place: Vancouver, British Columbia Departure date: Departure place: Hong Kong

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        Birth date: abt 1894 Birth place: Canada Arrival date: 12 Apr 1933 Arrival place: Vancouver, British Columbia Departure date: Departure place: Hong Kong

  6. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: July 1893 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: July 1893 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada