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Hiram Fredrick Delaney Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 25th Battalion Company: ”C” Company Regimental Number: 67309 Rank: Private Date of Birth: July 16, 1894 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Trade: Plumber Marital Status: Single Prior Military Experience: Yes Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 15, 1914 Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 Feet 10 1/2 Inches Chest: 37 1/2 Inches Expansion: 3 Inches Prior Military Experience: Enrolled at Yarmouth, N.S. Religion: Baptist Hiram Fredrick Delaney was the son of Walter and Sophia Delaney, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The family received word that Hiram died of wounds at No 16 General Hospital, Le Treport, France from a gunshot wound in his back. Private Hiram Delaney was wounded in action at the Battle for Courcelette. Date of Death: October 6, 1916 Age at Death: 22 Buried at: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France (Plot: II. H. 3.) The official military records list the death of Hiram Delaney as October 6, 1916; however, the date of October 4, 1916 has been used on the Zion Baptist Church memorial tablet. Official notice of death received by the family originally listed the date of death at October 4, 1916. On June 6, 1915 a muster parade was held at Camp Sandling, Kent, for the 25th Battalion. The official list records the names of forty-four officers and the regimental numbers and names of 1,130 other ranks to a total of 1,174. The numbering alloted by the Department of Militia and Defense covered 67001 to 68999. Any man with a Regimental number starting with 67 or 68 is automatically identified to this day as a member of the original unit as it left Halifax, Nova Scotia. Le Treport is a small seaport 25 kilometres north-east of Dieppe. The Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres south of the town. During the First World War, Le Treport was an important hospital centre and by July 1916, the town contained three general hospitals (the 3rd, 16th and 2nd Canadian), No.3 Convalescent Depot and Lady Murray's B.R.C.S. Hospital. As the original military cemetery at Le Treport filled, it became necessary to use the new site at Mont Huon. There are now 2,128 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery and seven from the Second World War. The cemetery also contains more than 200 German war graves. Commemorated on Page 76 of the First World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 25 Listed on the Nominal List of the 25th Battalion Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Hiram Fredrick Delaney
Attestation Paper (click to enlarge)
Hiram Fredrick Delaney (back row left holding a pennant “Yarmouth”)
Yarmouth Times Tuesday October 10, 1916 News of Private Delaney. The following letter has been received from Chaplain E.E. Graham addressed to Mrs. Walter Delaney. No. 7 Canadian General Hospital B.E.F., France Sept. 22, 1916 Mrs. Walter Delaney Yarmouth, NS Dear Madam I 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, Chaplain A telegram received here Sunday states that Private Delaney is dangerously ill.
Hiram Fredrick Delaney (back row third left) photos courtesy of Catherine Lombard-Nixon
In Memoriam Hiram Delaney 1895- 1916 Inscription on the Delaney Family Stone in the Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery In loving memory of PTE Hiram F. Delaney Son of Walter and Sophia Delaney Who died for King and Country in France October 4, 1916 Aged 21 years Buried in Mt. Huon Cemetery Le Treport France Servant of God; well done Thy glorious warfare’s past The battles fought, the victory’s won And thou art crowned at last
Four Post Cards (left) were sent by Hiram while in France, to his Mother: The message on back read: July 6, 16 Dear Mother Yours 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 ....