Source: Signature line from post in CEF Study Group
Summary of Service for Private Ernest John Dorken, Reg. No. 675020
|December 27, 1995||Born||Born at London, Ontario.|
|January 5, 1916||Enlists||Enlists with the 186th Battalion in Woodstock, Ontario. He is a pressman standing 5’6” tall and is aged 20-years. He has prior military experience having served with the 22nd Oxford Rifles. He lists as his next-of-kin his mother, Mrs. Emily Dorken residing at 292 Admiral Street in Woodstock, Ontario.
Note that his younger brother, George, enlists on the same day and has the reg. no. 675021 issued to him. He survives the war.
|April 19, 1916||Vaccinated|
|May 18 1916||Inoculated||Anti-typhoid.|
|May 28, 1916||Inoculated||Anti-typhoid.|
|May 15 – 22, 1916||On Furlough|
|June 1, 1916||Admitted||Admitted to London (Ontario) Military Hospital for an abscess of the knee. A card indicates the diagnosis as synovitis of the knee.|
|June 27, 1916||Discharged||Discharged re. entry above.|
|October 7 – 10, 1916||Absent Without Leave|
|October 22, 1916||Forms Will||Forms Will leaving his real estate and personal estate to his mother, Emily Dorken. The will was witnessed by Sgt. Charles Henry Northeast, reg. no. 675798 and Private William Jerry, reg. no. 675349.|
|November 1, 1916||Assigns Pay||Assigns $20.00 per month to his mother.|
|November 1, 1916||Embarked Halifax||Embarked for Liverpool, England.|
|November 11, 1916||Disembarked Liverpool||Arrives and disembarks at Liverpool.|
|December 5, 1916||Transferred||Transferred to 12th Battalion at West Sandling.|
|April 1, 1917||Transferred||Transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.|
|April 13, 1917||Stuck off Strength||At Bramshott struck off strength from the 4th Reserve Battalion to be assigned to the 18th Battalion.|
|April 16, 1917||Arrives Canadian Base Depot||Arrives Canadian Base Depot at Etaples, France.|
|May 12, 1917||Joins Unit in the Field||Joins the 18th Battalion in the field. The Battalion is currently serving in Willerval Sector. On that date the War Diary states:
“3 O.R’s “Wounded”. 8 O.R’s admitted to hospital (sick). 22 O.R’s arrived as reinforcements.”
|May 28, 1917||Killed in Action||Private Dorken may have been one of the men of a “covering party” that was engaged in protecting a wiring party. During a German barrage element of these parties retired and it was found that three men were missing. An attempt to find these men was made but to no avail. The men where not found. See the War Diary for more details.
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial as his body was never found.
|December 13, 1921||Plaque and Scroll||Canadian Government issues plaque and scroll to Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Emily Dorken, the parents of Private Dorken.|