DART, George

Article courtesy of the Toronto Star, November 30, 1916

DARTGeorgePrivate1889-8-19EnglandSOUTHWARK190516Fegan Homes1915-7-22Toronto, Ontario1916-11-72758th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment, ArmyVimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceMemorial #56676169.453258http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=347083http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=46210http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B2301-S025http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56676169http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1566961/DART,%20GEORGEhttp://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1566961?George%20Darthttp://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/page?page=75&book=1&sort=pageAschttp://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/home-children-1869-1930/immigration-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=58341http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/home-children-1869-1930/immigration-records/Pages/list.aspx?ChildrenGroupCode=Q05AI&p_ID=0Toronto, OntarioP&S (#759090) presented to Mrs. Rebecca Johnston (Foster Mother).M&D presented to Mrs. Rebecca Johnston (Foster Mother), 46 Pape Ave, Toronto, Ontario.58th BattelionCanadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)https://qormuseum.org/history/timeline-1900-1924/the-first-world-war/inmemoriamwwi/https://www.scribd.com/document/326397233/Todays-Fallen-Heroes-Saturday-7-October-1916https://qormuseum.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/queens-own-rifles-book-of-remembrance-1866-1918.pdf

The following records have been discerned for Private George Dart by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.  Son of Amy Churcher and John Dart.

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
Name: John Dart
Registration Year: 1890
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration district: Alverstoke
Inferred County: Hampshire
Volume: 2b
Page: 694
Spouse: Amy Churcher

1891 English Census records place the family of married Amy Dart (22) as Boarders in the household of Lydia and Arthur J Riding in Averstroke, Gosport, Hampshire, England.  Amy's husband is not accounted for, her sons George Churcher (2) and John Dart (4 months) are in residence.

England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
Name: Amy Dart
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Registration Year: 1899
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Age at Death: 30
Registration district: Alverstoke
Inferred County: Hampshire
Volume: 2b
Page: 447

1901 English Census records place George Dart (12) and John Dart (10) as nephews of Annie E (Annie Elizabeth Churcher) Hill and Richard Hill of Porstmouth, Hampshire, England.  Richard was in the Army, where Annie worked as a Caretaker for Portsea College.

Richard Hill died later in 1901 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

Library and Archives Canada
Item: George DART
Given Name(s): George
Surname: DART
Age: 16
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1905-05-18
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Date of Arrival: 1905-05-27
Year of Arrival: 1905
Party: Fegan Homes
Destination: Toronto, Ontario
Comments: 53 children from Fegan's Homes, 95 Southwark Street, London to 295 George Street, Toronto. F G Jarrett aged 34 in charge.
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-484
Children travelling together: Q05AI
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1a
Item Number: 58341

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Name: George Dart
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1889
Date of Arrival: May 1905
Vessel: Southwark
Port of Arrival: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England

Attestation papers were signed 22 Jul 1915 in Toronto, Ontario.  George Dart was born 19 Aug 1898 (Crossed out and added 1889) in Portsmouth, England.  He was a Farmer by trade.  His Next of Kin was first added as his Half Brother, John Churcher of Portsmouth, England.  It was changed to Mrs.Sarah Churcher, 13 Chaple Road, Gosport, Haunts.  5' 7 1/4" in height with grey eyes and brown hair, he had a scar on the back of his head and a tattoo mark on his left arm.  His religion was noted as Church of England.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he was Killed in Action while his Battalion took part in an attack on Regina Trench on the morning of 7 Oct 1916.  George's body was not recovered for burial, his name is listed on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Next of Kin was noted as his Foster Mother, Mrs. Rebecca Johnston of 46 Pape Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, however by 1927 all missives were returned as undelivered and it was noted no other relatives were known.  A request to notifiy Mrs. Jennie Johnston of the same address was in his military file.  Additional notes in his military file state as Next of Kin, his sister, Mrs. Sarah Churcher of 13 Chapel Row, Gosport, Hantshire, England.

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