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Frederick Joseph Mallan, emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1913, voluntarily joined the QOR 166th Batt O/S CEF in 1916 at the age of 37. He had already served 20 years in the British Army Medical Corps when he moved to Canada. He was living at 11 Brookfield Street, Toronto on his enlistment.
I am trying to find any family connections as I do believe he survived the war. I have yet to find any death registration at any of The Great War Grave sites.
I am also trying to locate a copy of his Canadian Military Record. Any help/guidance would be most gratefully received.
I just had a thought have your tried contacting the Last Post Fund people they might have paid for his service since you have a Rgt# for him that someone posted here you have a date of birth and full name which isn't really that common they might have some info on him. I tried searching the Legion Magazine Web site if you search there they sometimes have dates of death posted, I was able to find one of my brick walls that way but nothing there for your Frederick.
Another suggestion would be to search for a web site dedicated to the 166th Batt, I found an uncle on one of these web sites, the people who set them up usually make a point of finding out what happen to every single people that would have been in the 166th Batt. You might also want to request his war records they often provide a lot of info on the person and also can provide a date of death.
I'm at work now but when I get home from work tonight I'll search the "Toronto Star, pages for the past" for you to see if anything comes up for him.
I found an article in the Toronto Star dated Dec 6, 1944 it mentions a Joseph Mallan age 74 the title of the article says "Stepped-Out of Bus Man Killed by Cars", it wasn't in Toronto it was in Port Credit. If you take the date of the article minus his age mentioned in the article it would put his year of birth 1871 its possible the age your Joseph was born 1878 according to the war docs. This is a possible match but not 100% since its possible that the paper has the wrong age. I'll keep looking, let me know if you want a copy of this article or for me to post it here.
Firstly, I must apologise for not getting in touch before now, sadly I've had quite a torrid time with my illness (MS) this past 18 months or so. I may now be somewhat slower, but I am still in the 'HUNT' as they say , albeit more reliant on the computer and assistance from good people such as yourself and of course fellow members..
I did take earlier advice and got copies of Frederick Joseph Mallan’s service record with the QOR 166th Batt. It shows he was discharged due to deafness in both ears, something which started during his British Army career, for which he was also medically discharged in 1912, just 309 days short of retirement to pension
It would appear he was so determined to serve that he left England in May 1913 for Quebec aboard the Ultonia and managed to finally enlist in 1916. Not sure how he passed his medical, but he soon found himself back in England in Canadian Army uniform. All to no avail though as he was found out regarding his hearing and finally shipped back to Canada in January 1918. He was medically discharged in the March of 1918 and gave his intended place of residence as 1492A Dundas Street, West Toronto, Ont.
During his service he made regular monthly separation allotments of $20.00 to a Mrs R T Jewett, 93 Massey Street, Toronto. Perhaps they were in a relationship? Why else give that amount on a regular basis? Possibly a love child to care for? Questions, answers and yet more questions, but full of intrigue. In 1919 he received a war gratuity, giving his address as 261 Crawford Street, Toronto, Ontario.
In your reply you mention that one Joseph Mallan was killed by car after stepping out of bus. This does have possibilities of a connection, because, being deaf, he would not have heard any approaching traffic?
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I am not sure if it is best to post direct to the group or to receive emails to the above address, your best advice most appreciated.
Many thanks to you and all those who replied to my initial post regarding Frederick Joseph Mallan,
Yours very sincerely
I've emailed you I hope it gets to you. I'm guessing its possible that the Mr.R.T. Jewett could be an ex-wife and he's supporting his child or made to support an ex-wife. Crawford Street and Massey Street are very close to each other maybe a 5 to 10 minute depending on how fast you walk. So maybe they stayed closed together for a reason. I'm going to pull up that article again and send it to you to see maybe there is something in there that we can followup on.
Hi Graham: I found the link below it was setup by a man named Ken Scheffler he compiled a list of men who served in the 166 Ball. maybe you can e-mail him and see if he has a date of death for your Frederick who he has on the list.