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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

Age:  30

Regiment/Service:  Canadian Infantry 75th Bn.

Memorial:  VIMY MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

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.

Maltby

Reginald Arthur

Brampton

Aldershot Eng

Ida Mabel Maltby

Brampton Ontario

Wife

17 January 1887

Florist

Yes

1st West Surrey Volunteers - 4 yrs

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Are you married?

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 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.

If anyone visiting this page is aware of any photographs or other historical materials that are not displayed here and are willing to share them, please email me at cdnmemorialman@gmail.com and I will modify the page with the new materials.