Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthApril 4, 1898
Place of BirthKenora, Ontario
CountryCanada
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinGeorge Daly (father), 35 Alloway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingMachinist Apprentice
ReligionMethodist
Service Details
Regimental Number327864
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion5th Divisional Trench Mortar Battery
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Field Artillery
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment35 Alloway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of EnlistmentApril 7, 1916
Age at Enlistment18
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 28, 1981
Age at Death83
Buried AtCedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar Valley, British Columbia

Daly, Milfred Jasper

Gunner Milfred Jasper Daly signed up with the Canadian Field Artillery in April 1916, at age 18. He served for three years in Canada, Great Britain and France.

Milfred was the youngest son of George Jasper Daly and Rachel Brook of Winnipeg, Manitoba. George and Rachel were both from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland and they immigrated to Canada in 1882 on the same ship. They were married in August 1884 in Winnipeg and their first two children, Rebecca and Ruth, were born there. George worked for the railway and by 1888 he and his family had moved to the town of Rat Portage (later called Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Seven more children were born in Rat Portage: Charlotte, William, Hazel, Ruby, Katherine, Milfred and Viola. Milfred was born on 4 April 1898. His widowed grandmother, Jane Daly, had also emigrated from Ireland. She passed away in Rat Portage in 1901 and she’s buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Around 1906 the family moved back to Winnipeg and by 1911 George was a locomotive engineer.

Milfred enlisted in Winnipeg on 7 April 1916, three days after his 18th birthday. He was living at home at the time and working as a machinist apprentice at the CPR Shops. He signed up with the 59th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, which had been organized in Winnipeg and was being recruited in Manitoba. Shortly after Milfred enlisted the 59th Battery was sent to Camp Petawawa in Ontario and they trained there over the summer. The unit headed overseas in the fall, embarking from Halifax on 13 September on the SS Cameronia.

Milfred spent the next eleven months in England. On 1 November 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, which was re-designated as the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column in March 1917. The unit was sent to France on 21 August 1917. Massive amounts of artillery were used in the war and ammunition columns were responsible for bringing artillery shells and other supplies to the batteries in the forward areas. On 2 October Milfred was transferred again, this time to the 5th Canadian Divisional Trench Mortar Battery, and he served with them for six months. That fall the Canadians were at the Battle of Passchendaele and they spent the winter of 1917-18 in the Lens-Arras sector.

Milfred took a tunelling course in early March 1918 and at the end of the month his unit moved to MarЕ“uil. He was wounded on 10 April when he was hit in the back and shoulder by shrapnel or shell fragments. He was moved from a field ambulance to a casualty clearing station then to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Г‰taples. He was invalided to England on 16 April on the hospital ship St. David. Milfred spent four weeks recovering at No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke then he was at the convalescent centre in Epsom until the end of May. He was kept in England for the rest of the war, serving with artillery depot units and at the Canadian School of Gunnery. The Armistice ended hostilities in November and he embarked for Canada on 15 February 1919 on the HMT Canada. He was given two weeks landing leave and discharged on demobilization on 21 March in Winnipeg.

When the 1921 census was taken Milfred was living with his parents and working as a machinist apprentice again. He was married in Winnipeg on 17 October 1923, at age 25. His wife, Charlotte Hall Manning, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1899 and came to Canada with her parents as a child. Milfred lived in Winnipeg until the 1940s, working as a chauffeur and truck driver. He and his wife had one daughter, Margaret Jean, who was born in 1924. Margaret married Richard Bellhouse in 1943 in Winnipeg. In 1944 when his parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Milford was living in Whitehorse, Yukon. By the early 1950s he had moved to Vancouver Island and he was living in Cassidy, near Nanaimo, with his second wife Edith Maude Winstanley. Before retiring he worked for several years for the Department of Highways.

Milfred passed away in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on 28 December 1981, at age 83, and he’s buried at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar, British Columbia. His wife Edith (1909-2002) is also buried there. His daughter Margaret Bellhouse passed away in Winnipeg in 2017, at age 92.

Milfred is commemorated on the Canadian Pacific Railway First World War Roll of Honour.

By Becky Johnson


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