113162 Pte. William Henry Dainton

Poperinghe New Military Cemetery

Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen


Born in London, England, in September 1886, William was a resident of Keene, Ontario, at the time of signing on with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

A farm labourer by trade, and with no previous military experience, William attested into the 33rd Battalion, in Peterborough, Ontario, on August 30th, 1915.

Soon finding himself transferred to the 8th CMR, William was moving on again when that regiment was absorbed by the 4th CMR in January 1916.

At the time of William's loss, on May 27th, 1916, the 4th CMR was in and out of the front line in and around Sanctuary Wood and Zillebeke Dugouts up to and including that day. Working parties were spread over four locations, repairing trenches, burying cable, undertaking carrying parties. During this activity it was noted in the 4th CMR War Diary on the 27th that one man suffered shell shock and one was wounded.

It seems probable, as the only loss in that area on the 27th was Pte. Dainton, that the wounded man could have been him subsequently succumbing to his wounds. The Circumstances of Death Register seems to confirm this as the case as is it clear he was killed in action that day. That he is buried at Poperinghe New Cemetery, not that far from their location that day, is consistent with the Diary referring to Pte. Dainton.

As an aside, the 4th CMR History by S. G. Bennett, published in 1926, erroneously lists William's loss date as June 2nd, 1916: the opening day of the 14 day "Battle for Mount Sorrel".

Headstone image supplied to 4mr.com anonymously. The biography excerpt is courtesy of Mike Kavanagh.