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  • Dyer, Francis (Frank) John

  • Francis (Frank) John Dyer was born on 21 December 1900 in Kilburn, Middlesex, England. He was the eldest child of merchant seaman Francis Joseph Dyer and Gertrude Shapcott. Siblings included sisters, Gertrude Louisa (b. 1901), Lilian Maud (b. 1904), Beatrice Nellie (b. 1905) and Nora Helena (b. 1907).

    His father enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1914 and served during WW1 until 1919. According to his Legion membership card and his obituary, Frank also served during WW1. His regimental number is listed as #1048698 and he was with the Royal Field Artillery. Due to his age it is assumed that he entered the Imperial Army in the later stages of the war as he didn’t turn 18 until December 1918.

    In July of 1925 Frank, his mother and his sister, Nora immigrated to Canada to join his father who had arrived in Canada the previous year. They came to Kenora, Ontario and resided on Gould Street. Both Frank and his father joined the Royal Canadian Legion in Kenora. Their stay in Kenora wasn’t a long one as the family relocated to Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. Frank became a life member of Branch 5 of the Legion in that city.

    Frank worked as a lighthouse keeper and a custodian at Lakehead College.

    At some point, Frank moved to British Columbia where he passed away in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Hospital on 11 June 1982. His remains were shipped to Port Arthur and Frank is buried there in a military plot in Riverside Cemetery.

    Frank's application for Legion membership

    Frank’s application for Legion membership

    Obituary from Chronicle Journal 16 June 1982 p. 33

    Obituary from Chronicle Journal 16 June 1982 p. 33

  • Regimental Number:
  • 1048698
  • Service Record:
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • British Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Royal Field Artillery
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kilburn, Middlesex
  • Country:
  • England
  • Next of Kin:
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 21, 1900
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • Religion:
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Saw Service In:
  • Date of Death:
  • June 11, 1982
  • Age at Death:
  • 81
  • Buried at:
  • Riverside Cemetery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • Francis (Frank) John Dyer was born on 21 December 1900 in Kilburn, Middlesex, England. He was the eldest child of merchant seaman Francis Joseph Dyer and Gertrude Shapcott. Siblings included sisters, Gertrude Louisa (b. 1901), Lilian Maud (b. 1904), Beatrice Nellie (b. 1905) and Nora Helena (b. 1907).

    His father enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1914 and served during WW1 until 1919. According to his Legion membership card and his obituary, Frank also served during WW1. His regimental number is listed as #1048698 and he was with the Royal Field Artillery. Due to his age it is assumed that he entered the Imperial Army in the later stages of the war as he didn’t turn 18 until December 1918.

    In July of 1925 Frank, his mother and his sister, Nora immigrated to Canada to join his father who had arrived in Canada the previous year. They came to Kenora, Ontario and resided on Gould Street. Both Frank and his father joined the Royal Canadian Legion in Kenora. Their stay in Kenora wasn’t a long one as the family relocated to Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. Frank became a life member of Branch 5 of the Legion in that city.

    Frank worked as a lighthouse keeper and a custodian at Lakehead College.

    At some point, Frank moved to British Columbia where he passed away in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Hospital on 11 June 1982. His remains were shipped to Port Arthur and Frank is buried there in a military plot in Riverside Cemetery.

    Frank's application for Legion membership

    Frank’s application for Legion membership

    Obituary from Chronicle Journal 16 June 1982 p. 33

    Obituary from Chronicle Journal 16 June 1982 p. 33

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  • Dyer, Francis (Frank) John Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 1048698
  • Force:
  • British Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kilburn, Middlesex
  • Next of Kin:
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 21, 1900
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Royal Field Artillery
  • Country:
  • England
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • Religion:
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Saw Service In:
  • Date of Death:
  • June 11, 1982
  • Age at Death:
  • 81
  • Buried at:
  • Riverside Cemetery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • Dyer, Francis (Frank) John

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