CEF 58th Battalion Members who Died Overseas


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Here we are developing an Honour List cross-referenced from the Books of Remembrance of the members (soldiers and officers) in the Canadian 58th Battalion who fought and lost their lives in the Great War.


How will we obtain the 58th Batallion names?

The Canadian Books of Remembrance are on display in the Peace Tower of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada and also available on the Internet at:

We will obtain the names of the 58th Battalion men who made the supreme sacrifice by displaying each page of the WW1 Books in a Web browser, reading each column, and typing the names into a flat file. For example, on page 326 of the 1917 WW1 Book the following four members of the 58th Battalion (Bn.) are displayed:

Every morning at eleven o'clock in the Peace Tower, the printed pages of the Books of Remembrance are turned by a member of the House of Commons Protective Service Staff. A calendar was devised so that each page of each book is displayed at least once a year. For example, pages 326 and 327 of the WW1 Book are displayed every year on July 16.

Although we could have easily obtained the names from the Roll of Honour in the "Second to None" book by Kevin Shackleton or the C.E.F. Roll of Honour compiled by Edward H. Wigney --- we prefer to use the Books of Remembrance because the data is available on the Internet to anyone with a computer. Also, we want to double check that all the 58th Battalion men are listed in the Books.

To make the names easier to read, we listed the family (last) name in bold capital letters, spelled the rank in full, and listed the service number in brackets. For example, ABRAM, Private Arthur William - 58 Bn. (451772).


How can you help?

To spread the analysis work among many people, this project is posted on the Internet and people all over the world can read the Canadian Book of Remembrance and email the data page by page to Benjamin Keevil who will post the data. If you want to help, please follow these steps:

  1. From the following topic, "Members in the 58th Batallion Who Died Overseas", choose a page of the 1916, 1917, or 1918 Book of Remembrance that has not been analyzed. Note that the 58th Battalion did not arrive in France until February 1916.

    For example, the 1917 pages of the Book:

  2. Print or display the page of the Book in your browser.

  3. Open a simple text file (SimpleText on a Mac or a text editor on a DOS or UNIX computer) with no formatting.

  4. Type the Page Number at the top of the page (for example, Page 326)

  5. From the page of the Book, type the FAMILY name, rank, and first names of the person. For example, Private ABRAM Arthur William - 58 Bn.

  6. For those really keen visitors, you can also read the Attestation Papers in the Soldiers of the First World War - CEF in the Canadian Library and Archives database and summarize the person's background story (for example, birthdate, where born, when killed) following the format of the stories on this page.

  7. Copy the page number, names, and stories into the body of an email message (please, do NOT use an email attachment)

  8. Email the data to Benjamin Keevil who will add the names and stories.

Questions? Email Benjamin Keevil at bkeevil@sympatico.ca.


Members of the 58th Battalion Who Died Overseas - 1916

Here are some of the members of the CEF 58th Battalion listed from the 1916 Book of Remembrance (pages 45 to 186). Thanks to the people who searched the Book, listed the names, and summarized the stories. The date is the month and day that the page is displayed every year in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

Page 45 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on February 5, 6, and 7

Page 56 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on February 14

Page 101 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on March 10

Page 121 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on March 21

Page 152 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 8

Page 157 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 10

Page 160 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 12

Page 163 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 13

Page 169 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 17

Page 182 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 24

Page 184 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on April 25


Members of the 58th Battalion Who Died Overseas - 1917

Here are some of the members of the CEF 58th Battalion from the 1917 Book of Remembrance (pages 189 to 355). Thanks to all the people who searched the Book, listed the names, and summarized the stories.

Page 189 of the Book of Remembrance - April 30

Page 190 of the Book of Remembrance - May 1 and 2

Page 191 of the Book of Remembrance - May 1 and 2

Page 192 of the Book of Remembrance - May 3

Page 193 of the Book of Remembrance - May 3

Page 194 of the Book of Remembrance - May 4

Page 195 of the Book of Remembrance - May 4

Page 196 of the Book of Remembrance - May 5

Page 197 of the Book of Remembrance - May 5

Page 198 of the Book of Remembrance - May 6

Page 207 of the Book of Remembrance - May 10

Page 208 of the Book of Remembrance - May 11

Page 214 of the Book of Remembrance - May 15

Page 215 of the Book of Remembrance - May 15

Page 216 of the Book of Remembrance - May 16

Page 222 of the Book of Remembrance - May 19

Page 227 of the Book of Remembrance - May 21

Page 231 of the Book of Remembrance - May 24

Page 232 of the Book of Remembrance - May 25

Page 233 of the Book of Remembrance - May 25

Page 234 of the Book of Remembrance - May 26

Page 235 of the Book of Remembrance - May 26

Page 236 of the Book of Remembrance - May 27

Page 238 of the Book of Remembrance - May 28

Page 241 of the Book of Remembrance - May 29

Page 244 of the Book of Remembrance - May 31

Page 246 of the Book of Remembrance - June 2

Page 248 of the Book of Remembrance - June 3

Page 251 of the Book of Remembrance - June 4

Page 252 of the Book of Remembrance - June 5

Page 253 of the Book of Remembrance - June 5

Page 262 of the Book of Remembrance - June 10

Page 263 of the Book of Remembrance - June 11

Page 264 of the Book of Remembrance - June 12

Page 265 of the Book of Remembrance - June 12

Page 266 of the Book of Remembrance - June 13

Page 267 of the Book of Remembrance - June 13

Page 268 of the Book of Remembrance - June 14

Page 269 of the Book of Remembrance - June 14

Page 270 of the Book of Remembrance - June 15

Page 271 of the Book of Remembrance - June 15

Page 272 of the Book of Remembrance - June 16

Page 273 of the Book of Remembrance - June 16

Page 278 of the Book of Remembrance - June 19

Page 279 of the Book of Remembrance - June 19

Page 281 of the Book of Remembrance - June 21

Page 282 of the Book of Remembrance - June 22

Page 285 of the Book of Remembrance - June 23

Page 287 of the Book of Remembrance - June 24

Page 289 of the Book of Remembrance - June 25

Page 291 of the Book of Remembrance - June 26

Page 292 of the Book of Remembrance - June 27

Page 295 of the Book of Remembrance - June 28

Page 296 of the Book of Remembrance - June 29

Page 300 of the Book of Remembrance - July 2

Page 302 of the Book of Remembrance - July 3

Page 305 of the Book of Remembrance - July 4

Page 306 of the Book of Remembrance - July 5

Page 312 of the Book of Remembrance - July 8

Page 315 of the Book of Remembrance - July 9

Page 317 of the Book of Remembrance - July 10

Page 320 of the Book of Remembrance - July 13

Page 326 of the Book of Remembrance - July 16

Page 334 of the Book of Remembrance - July 21 and 22

Page 337 of the Book of Remembrance - July 22

Page 342 of the Book of Remembrance - July 25

Page 346 of the Book of Remembrance - July 27

Page 347 of the Book of Remembrance - July 27

Page 349 of the Book of Remembrance - July 28

Page 355 of the Book of Remembrance - August 2


Members of the 58th Battalion Who Died Overseas - 1918

Here are some of the members of the CEF 58th Battalion from the 1918 Book of Remembrance (page 357 to 527). Thanks to all the people who searched the Book, listed the names, and summarized the stories.

Page 375 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 15

Page 378 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 17

Page 379 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 17

Page 380 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 18

Page 382 of the Book of Remembrance – Displayed in Ottawa on August 20

Page 388 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 23

Page 391 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 24

Page 399 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on Aug 28

Page 408 Book of Remembrance 1918 - Displayed in Ottawa on Sept 3

Page 418 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on Sept 8

Page 420 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on Sept 9

Page 425 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on Sept 11

Page 467 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 4

Page 472 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 8

Page 475 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 9

Page 479 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on Oct 11

Page 488 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on August 16

Page 503 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 24

Page 505 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 25

Page 509 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on October 22

Page 519 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on November 3

Page 523 of the Book of Remembrance - Displayed in Ottawa on November 4


Members of the 58th Battalion Who Survived the War

Here is a list of some of the 58th Battalion members who survived the war and returned to Canada. Contributed by people who visited this web site and asked for the description to be displayed.

  1. J.H. (Jimmy) Hales, from Flesherton, Ontario, originally with the 147th from Owen Sound, Number 838513, France 8-6-17, wounded 1-9-17 at Lens left leg foot ankle.

  2. Frederick William Maton (Reg Number 452569) was born June 2nd, 1880 in London, England. At the time he enlisted, July 22, 1915, he was living in Toronto and belonged to the Governor General's Body Guard.

    Frederick William Maton was discharged March 27th, 1919 in Toronto where he lived with his family and friends until his death, April 20th, 1958.

  3. Frederick's brother, Herbert Edward Maton (Reg Number 452656) was born February 22, 1878 in London, England as well. On enlistment, Sept 8, 1915, he joined the 36th Peel Regiment. He was then transferred almost immediately to the 58th.

    Herbert Edward Maton was discharged March 22, 1919 and also lived in Toronto. Interesting note in his file -- Herbert received a G.C. (I'm guessing Good Conduct?) badge??, on August 19, 1917.

    Wilfred Ernest Patterson born July 8 1898 on a farm near Monkton Ontario in Logan township I believe Perth County. He enlisted February 8, 1916 at the age of 17 at Stratford Ontario in the 110th Battalion (Perth Regiment) and trained at Camp Borden Ontario. Sailed from Halifax N.S. October 31, 1916 on the "Coronia". Arrived England November 11, 1916. November 17, 1916 transferred to the 8th reserve Battalion.
    Arrived in France January 1, 1917. (Happy New Year!) Transferred to 58th Battalion January 12, 1917 Wounded April 16, 1917 Arrived hospital in England April 17, 1917. Discharged from hospital August 18, 1917 Assigned to 8th reserve Battalion August 18, 1917
    Reassigned to 58th Battalion November 16, 1917 Arrived France November 17, 1917. Wounded September 7, 1918 Arrived hospital in England September 8, 1918 Discharged from hospital December 12, 1918 Assigned to 8th reserve Battalion December 12, 1918 Arrived in Canada January 19, 1919 Discharged from 110th Battalion March 3, 1919 in Toronto
    He went in a private and came home a private. After all that he still wasn't old enough to vote or buy a drink legally.

  4. Lance Corporal Bert William McCarthy (Regimental number 452475) returned to Canada safely and raised a family in Brantford, Ontario. His Grandson, Andrew McCarthy (ajmccar*AT*mac.com) has a Muster Enlistment photo of Lance Corporal Bert William McCarthy -- "For King and Empire".

  5. Private James (Joe) Henry Judge (Reg. # 3310131) was born on November 25, 1879 in Brantford Ontario. He signed up in Brantford on November 5, 1917 and was discharged on March 31, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario. He passed away in St. Joesph's Hospital, Brantford on Thursday May 9, 1968 and is resting in the family plot in St. Joesph's Cemetry on St. George Ave in Brantford across the street from his home at 109 St. George Ave. Private Judge never married. He lived on St. George Ave with his family, parents Owen and Ellen M. (nee Donovan) siblings, Mary Theresa, Mary, Ellen , Owen, Michael and John (Jack) Judge. This information was contributed by Chris Power in November 2003.

  6. Robert Harvey Hoover enlisted with the Huron Battalion 161st and served with the 58th in France. He returned to Canada as an officer (Lieutenant) and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Harvey died in 1977 at the age of 82 in London, Ontario. Terry Hoover (thoover*AT*mb.sympatico.ca) in Manitoba is trying to gain a greater understanding of his Grandfather's involvement in the war. He has his formal portrait in uniform, a picture of him being reviewed by the Prince of Wales and various uniform buttons and badges. Unfortunately, his medals were stolen during a break-in many years ago.

  7. HUGHES, Sgt., John, William, #452366, born Crewe, Cheshire England, April 17, 1896. Joined the CEF 58th Battalion on July 6, 1915. Living in Agincourt, Ontario at time of enlistment. He was wounded three times, once in the arm while rescuing another wounded man in no-man's-land, once in the shoulder where he carried the bullet the rest of his life, and once where the bullet entered through his open mouth and exited out the back of his neck. Eventually, he was sent back to England as an instructor and there he met and married Elizabeth Finch, bringing her back to Scarborough, Ontario after the war. Contributed by Stephen Hughes, his Grandson (Hughes_Family*AT*Sympatico.ca)

  8. WATT, Private Arthur L. (654830) of the 161st Huron Battalion, left Halifax 31 October 1916 on the S. S. Lapland for England. Transferred to the 58th Battalion and sent to France 1 December 1916. He was wounded at Vimy Ridge 8 April 1917. Three months later, he returned to France with the 3 Division Machine Gun Corp where he saw action at Arras, Amiens and Valenciennes. After a victory march to Germany, he said they saw a huge statue of Wellington where Napoleon was defeated. He returned to Canada in March 1919 and was discharged on the 28 March. In 1923, he was married and raised a family on the ancestral farm in Huron County near Blyth, Ontario. He was a real respected farmer in the area. He is buried in the family plot at Blyth, Ontario, Huron County after his passing on 16 October 1978. Contributed by Archie L. Watt (fdesroch*AT*nonline.net)

  9. Sgt. Earl Lefebvre 453691, from Longford Ontario joined the 58th on Aug 31, 1915, survived the war, and died in Canada in 1958. Contributed by Wally Lefebvre - isaacgroup*AT*primus.ca.

  10. On my father's side, my grandmother's older brother - Private Ernest Harold Cannon 249313 - was a member of the 58th battalion and was killed on August 27, 1918. He is buried in the Vis-en-Artois cemetary along the Arras-Cambria road. A younger brother of Ernest - Arthur Edwin Cannon (born 15/04/1895) - was a prisoner of war from 1915 until the end of the war. His regimental number was 9898. Contributed by Alan Parsons alan.parsons*AT*sympatico.ca in Brighton, Ontario.

  11. William J. Proctor, Sr. (“Bill”) (754748) enlisted into the CEF 119th Battalion at Massey, Ontario, on December 27, 1915 -- 12 days shy of his 22nd birthday. He was transferred to the 58th in March 1918 and joined them on the Front in France. He was wounded on September 29, 1918 and missed the rest of the war. His younger brother John Proctor (the family called him Jack 754734) was with him until Jack died from his wounds on August 16, 1918. During the Second World War, Bill served with the Veteran Guards and was on duty at the POW camp located in his community, Espanola, Ontario. He passed away at Espanola on December 16, 1973. Contributed by Dale W. Proctor 1114dwp13*AT*ontera.net in North Bay, Ontario.

  12. I have a family member that was wounded in the battle of Passchendaele. His name was, # 451230 Pte. Alexander Gross of Hanover, Ontario and was part of the 58th, Bn CEF known as the Grey County Boys of Owen Sound, Ontario. Trained at CFB Niagara on the Lake in 1915, joined on June 30th, 1915 in Hanover. He was married with two small children ages two and four years. I also have newspaper accounts when he left Hanover for Own Sound and how late in 1917 he was honoured when he returned to his new home in Walkerton, Ontario. Contributed by Ron Gross rongro*AT*sympatico.ca

  13. LEPPINGTON, Private Thomas Henry - #654058 Born February 14, 1891 in Clinton, Ontario to William and Susan Leppington. On enlistment he was living in Clinton working as a butcher. He enlisted on December 6, 1915 at Clinton at the age of 24 and went overseas with the 161st Huron Battalion in November 1916. He was subsequently redirected to the 58th Battalion. He was wounded when rendering lard in a butcher shop a few miles from the front he was grazed in the head by a bullet fired by a sniper. After the war he returned to Clinton and died on December 21, 1972. Description contributed by Carolyn Duckworth in Goderich, Ontario.

  14. PARKER, Private Charles Arthur - #654074 (brother of Gordon) Born March 22, 1896 in Hay Township, Huron County to Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Parker. On enlistment he was living at RR #1 Hensall Ontario where he was farming with his father. He enlisted on December 13, 1915 at Hensall at the age of 19 with the 161st Huron Battalion. He went overseas with the 161st but was subsequently assigned to the 58th Battalion. My records show that he was wounded in action but I do not have any specifics. He died in 1920. Description contributed by Carolyn Duckworth in Goderich, Ontario.

  15. PARKER, Private Gordon Wesley - #654075 (brother of Charles) Born August 14, 1892 in Hay Township, Huron County to Mr. & Mrs. Enoch Parker. On enlistment he was living at RR #1 Hensall Ontario where he was farming with his father. He enlisted on December 13, 1915 at Hensall at the age of 23 with the 161st Huron Battalion. He went overseas with the 161st in November 1916 but was reassigned to the 58th Battalion. He was wounded at Arras in August 1918 when he was shot in the right side of his head. He lay unconscious in the field for hours before being discovered by an American Unit who took him to an American Field Hospital. After this initial treatment he was sent to an ENT Clinic in Edinborough. He was discharged in 1919 and after he returned to the family farm, he continued bee-keeping for several years before becoming a custodian at the High School in Exeter. Description contributed by Carolyn Duckworth in Goderich, Ontario.

  16. THUELL, Private Ernest Roy - #654106 Born December 28, 1895 in Morris Township, Huron County to Mr. & Mrs. William Thuell. On enlistment he was living at Brussels Ontario working as a farm labourer. He enlisted on December 10, 1915 at Brussels at the age of 20 with the 161st Huron Battalion. He went overseas with the 161st in November 1916 but was reassigned to the 58th Battalion. He was wounded at Passchendaele in October 1917 when struck in the chest by a bullet. Due to the damage suffered to his spinal cord, he spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He died on June 25, 1972. Description contributed by Carolyn Duckworth in Goderich, Ontario.

  17. PONTEFRACT, Pte. Roderic William was born January 27, 1892 in York England to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pontefract. Pte. Pontefract enlisted with the 70th O.S. on September 4, 1915 in Sarnia at the age of 21. Then, in France he transferred to the CEF 58th Battalion. He was wounded at the Vimy Front in Avion, Lens on Feb 27, 1918 with a G.S.W. through the back penetrating the abdomen. He survived until his death on November 9, 1971. Contributed by Greg Bell - wwbell*AT*interlynx.net

  18. HUGHES, Sgt., John, William, #452366, born Crewe, Cheshire England, April 17, 1896. Joined the 58th Battalion on July 6th, 1915. Living in Agincourt Ontario at time of enlistment. He was wounded 3 times, once in the arm while rescuing another wounded man in no-man’s-land, once in the shoulder where he carried the bullet the rest of his life, and once where the bullet entered through his open mouth and exited out the back of his neck. Eventually, he was sent back to England as an instructor and there he met and married Elizabeth Finch, bringing her back to Scarborough, Ontario after the war. Description contributed by Stephen Hughes, Hughes_Family*AT*sympatico.ca

  19. MARTIN, Private Clarence, #727638, (July 4, 1897 to November 15, 1963) was born in East Nissouri Township, Oxford County, Clarence, Ontario. At the age of 7 he lost his father and subsequently moved with his large family to a farm at Science Hill, north of St. Marys, Ontario.

    He enlisted in Canadian Expeditionary Force 110th Battalion Perth County, 8th Canadian on March 4, 1916, sailing on the Caronia October 31, 1916 and arrived in England November 11, 1916. He was stationed in Shoreham with the 8th Reserve, joining the 58th Battalion prior to departing for France.

    On April 4, 1917 he was a member that reinforced the 58th Battalion, 9th Brigade, 3rd Division in France in preparation for the battle of Vimy Ridge. He was seriously wounded in action clearing enemy trenches near Bois de la Folie on April 11, 1917, receiving a compound fracture of the right femur from an explosive gun round. Machine gun fire prevented aid from reaching him, so in cover of darkness used his rifle as a splint and dragged himself back to Battalion trenches. He was left untreated with the expectation of death before morning.

    After surviving the night, he was placed on a mattress for the truck ride back to the field hospital. An operation April 30, 1917 shortened his leg by one-half inch. The wound was problematic in healing so he was transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington England September 7, 1917 and invalided home to Canada March 11, 1918 to a convalescent home in London, Ontario. He was discharged from the CEF March 9, 1920.

    His older brother Private Norman Martin 727527 of the 58th Battalion was killed in action October 26, 1917 during the battle for Passchendaele. Description contributed by Jim Paterson, jpaterson18*AT*cogeco.ca

  20. John Thomas McCarter (681487), served with the 58th and survived the war. Contributed by his grandson, Greg Ball, gball*AT*hotmail.com


Research Required on other 58th Battalion Members

  1. Private Willie Cross McReynolds 58th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). He was killed in action at age 21 on Thursday, 30th August 1917. He was the son of William and Eliza McReynolds, of Balaclava, Ontario, Canada. Buried at Aix-Noulettre Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. If any member has additional info, please send it to Lynn R.McR. Hawkins (lhawkins *AT* 3wave.com).

  2. Nicholas Eric Dyer-Hurdon, joined up in London on March 29, 1916 with the 161st, the Huron Battalion. His regimental Number is 654695. On November 12, 1916, the 161st went to England. About 200 men went on a draft to reinforce the 58th battalion in France. He was on that draft as described in an article in the local newspaper. In the article, Eric had been wounded in Cambrai, September 30, 1918. He went to 22 General Hospital, Camiers, France and came home in April 26,1919. He was wounded in the elbow. He used Hurdon as a last name, in most cases. In questioning Eric, he was very silent about the war. If anyone has additional information, contact Donald McCurdy (marion.mccurdy@odyssey.on.ca).

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