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Albert Edward Maltby

Maltby, Albert Edward 775520

Born: March 10, 1895 Croydon, Surrey, England

Died: October 31, 1917

Rank: Corporal     Service No: 775520           

Date of Death:  31/10/1917            

Age:  22

Regiment/Service:  Canadian Infantry 116th Bn.         

Cemetery:  OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

Grave Reference:  I. I. 1.

Son of Elizabeth Maltby, of 8, Frant Rd., Thornton Heath, Surrey, and the late George Ernest Maltby.

Albert Edward Maltby, who chose to call himself Albert, enlisted on December 18th 1915 committing to one year of service in the CEF. On his attestation papers he lists his mother, Elizabeth Maltby living at 3 Summer Road, West Croydon, England.

He lists his profession as steamfitter and that he previously served with the 20th Bttn before enlisting. He is initially placed with the 126th Bttn.

When a civilian chose to enlist in World War One, they went to the local recruiting office and was asked a collection of questions that were then entered onto a document called, Attestation Papers.

What is your Name

In What Town, Township or Parish and Country were you born

What is the name of your next of kin?

What is the address of your next of kin?

What is your date of birth?

What is your Trade or Calling?

Are you married?

Do you now belong to the Active Militia?

Albert Edward Maltby

Croyden, Surrey, England

Elizabeth Maltby

3 Summer Rd., West Croyden, England

March 10th 1895

Steamfitter

No

in 20th Battn C.E.F

He is 5 foot, 3.5 inches in height, with a 35 inch chest. The doctors described him as having brown hair, blue eyes and having a fair complexion. He had a scar from an appendicitis surgery. He lists himself as Methodist. He is considered fit by the medical officer at the Niagara Camp on June 10th, so that is where her enlisted. I will assume he was training with the 36th in the same camp.

His is commemorated on Page 289 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. The history of his battalion and of the other from Peel who served during World War One is covered in detail in the book by William Perkins Bull. "From Brock to Currie: the military development and exploits of Canadians in general and of the men of Peel in particular, 1791 to 1930." Toronto, 1935.

 

The Canada War Graves Registers – Circumstances of Casualty provides the information about how he died during the war. He was a Corporal with the 116th Bttn during the battle of Passchendaele, west of Passchendaele when he was “Killed in Action”.

The Canada War Graves Registers – Graves Registration Report shows that Albert was buried in Grave 1, Row I, Plot  1 in the Oxford Road Cemetery in Ieper, Belgium.

 

The Imperial War Graves Commission Comprehensive report of Headstone Inscriptions shows that stone #75 was of the 1202/1C design as shown here. Schedule B shows that there was a request by the family for a personal inscription to be included on the stone.

Line 1: HE OFFERED HIMSELF

Line2: UNTO THE LORD

Line 3: SO HIS NAME LIVETH FOREVER

An article in the Toronto Star on December 5th 1917 tells

CORP. A. MALTBY KILLED

Corp. Albert Maltby , who lived in Brampton, is the third member of his family to give up his life in the service of his country. His brother Percy has received word that he fell in action during one of the recent  heavy engagements. A brother, Walter, who was with the Imperial Forces, was killed a short time ago, and his eldest brother, Arthur, also of Brampton, fell at Vimy. Corp. Maltby was born in Surrey, England, where his widowed mother and sister now live. He was 22 years of age, and was employed by the Brampton Hardware Co.

A soldier’s Attestation Papers were filled in on the day they walked in to join the military. They show family information at the time of enlistment and were signed by the soldier. These have been digitized by Library and Archives Canada.

The slideshow displayed above includes all of the documents that I have found related to this soldier’s death. Click on the arrows on either side of the picture to move to the next picture or wait as it will change on its own. This slideshow may include a copy of his page in the Canadian Book of Remembrance; a page from the Brampton Book of Remembrance; from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission you may find a picture of this soldier’s CWGC Headstone, CWGC Certificate, CWGC War Graves Registry, CWGC Circumstance of Causality, and photos of the cemetery where he is commemorated.

Albert Edward Maltby is remembered on  his family gravestone in the Brampton Cemetery.

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