Name:Hiram Fredrick DelaneyRegimental Number:67309 Rank:Private Battalion:25th Battalion, ”C” Company Date of Birth:July 16, 1894Place of Birth:Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment:November 15, 1914 Place of Enlistment:Halifax, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment:20Height: 5 Feet 10 1/2 InchesComplexion:FreshEye Colour:HazelHair Colour:Dark BrownMarital Status:SingleTrade:PlumberReligion:Baptist Next of Kin:Walter Delaney (Father) Yarmouth, NSDate of Death:October 6, 1916 Age at Death:22Cemetery:Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France Grave Reference:II. H. 3.Commemorated on Page 76 of the First World War Book of RemembranceThis page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 25Listed on the Nominal List of the 25th BattalionHiram Fredrick Delaney was the son of Walter William Delaney and Sophia Delaney, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.He enlisted with the 25th Battalion and trained in Canada until May of 1915. He arrived in England, embarking Halifax on the SS Saxonia, and disembarking in England on May 29, 1915. He embarked for France from Folkestone, Kent, England, on September 9, 1915.On April 29, 1916 he was wounded in action and hospitalized. Recovered he rejoined the 25th Battalion on July 16, 1916. On September 20, he was again wounded, a gunshot to the head received in action at the Battle for Courcelette. He was hospitalized at No 16 General Hospital, Le Treport, France, where he died from wounds on October 6, 1916.
Hiram Fredrick Delaney
Hiram Fredrick Delaney (back row left holding a pennant “Yarmouth”)
Hiram Fredrick Delaney (back row third left)photos courtesy of Catherine Lombard-Nixon
Four Post Cards (left) were sent by Hiram while in France, to his Mother:The message on back read:July 6, 16Dear MotherYours to hand yesterday. Glad to hear you are well. I am well and having a great time. Will write later in the week. Give my love to all ....
Yarmouth TimesTuesday October 10, 1916News of Private Delaney.The following letter has been received from Chaplain E.E. Graham addressed to Mrs. Walter Delaney.No. 7 Canadian General HospitalB.E.F., FranceSept. 22, 1916Mrs. Walter DelaneyYarmouth, NSDear MadamI am writing for your son, Pte Delaney of the 25th Battalion, who was wounded in the fighting at the end of last week as you no doubt know, and is dangerously ill in No. 16 British General Hospital here at Le Treport. In addition to minor wounds in leg and shoulder he has a very severe one at the back of the head. He has had an operation here and while the doctors do not consider his case at all hopeless, yet his condition is not what they would call satisfactory as yet. He is in excellent hands in a well equipped hospital. Everything possible will be done for him and I hope and pray that with the good care he is receiving and in God’s good providence he may by the time this reaches you be on the way to recovery. I am glad to be able to visit him and other members of the 25th who are in English hospitals here and to render any service I can. I shall try to keep you informed of his progress. He is quite conscious and is not suffering greatly. He sends his love and asks you not to worry as “everything is all right.”Faithfully yours,E. E. Graham, ChaplainA telegram received here Sunday states that Private Delaney is dangerously ill.