GRACE UNITED CHURCH
Reginald Arthur Maltby
Maltby, Reginald Arthur
Born: January 17, 1887 in Aldershot, England
Died: August 16, 1917
Rank: Lieutenant Corporal
Service No: 1024096
Date of Death: 16/08/1917
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 75th Bn.
Memorial: VIMY MEMORIAL
Husband of Ida Mabel Maltby, of Mill St., Brampton, Ontario.
Reginald Arthur Maltby enlisted on May 21 1916 committing to one year of service in the CEF. On his attestation papers he lists his wife, Ida Mabel Maltby living on Mill Street in Brampton. He lists his profession as florist and that he previously served with the 1st West Surrey Volunteers for 4 years before enlisting. He is initially placed with the 234th 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.
Ida Mabel Maltby
17 January 1887
1st West Surrey Volunteers - 4 yrs
What is your surname?
What are you Christian names?
What is your present address?
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 the relationship 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?
He is 5 foot, 4.75 inches in height, with a 36 inch chest and weighed 140 pounds.. The doctors described him as having dark brown hair, grey eyes and having a fair complexion. He lists himself as Methodist. He is considered fit by the medical officer at the Brampton Camp on May 21th, so that is where he enlisted. I will assume he was training with the 234th in the same camp.
He 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 Private with the 75th Bttn during the battle of Langemarck as part of the third Battle of Ypres, in the Trenches south west of Lens when he was “Killed in Action”.
The Canada War Graves Registers – Graves Registration Report shows that Reginald’s body was never identified so he is commemorated on the walls of the Vimy Memorial.
R.A. Maltby's name can be seen on this section of the Vimy Memorial.
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.