The Uniacke Newsletter has received correspondence from England this past month which includes historical records, photos, information and celebration surrounding the Dimock family who used to live on the Old Mines Road. If anyone out there knows anyone related to the “Dimock family of Mount Uniacke”, or anyone who can connect with any members, we would appreciate it if you could ask them to contact this Newsletter so we can converse and hopefully secure more information on the Dimock family.
We have created a new file in the “Photo Section” of our web site so you may go in and view the newest on Avard Dimock – born in Mount Uniacke 1897, moved to the UK in 1917 and killed in the war in 1918.
We have set up an “introduction” to the Avard Dimock information on the front page of the web site. Once you have finished reading the main information, click on the link “Dimock full army documents” at the bottom of the article and it will take you into Avard’s army documents. Once you have finished the links on the front page go into the photo section of our web site. Go to the title DIMOCK FAMILY – LOST SOLDIER – AVARD LONGLEY DIMOCK. Once you have read the introduction to the file, click on “slideshow” and enjoy reading the history on Avard and the photos that were shared with us. The church where Avard’s gravestone marks his final resting place is included complete with the history of the Dimock family dating back to 1196. (We have entered as much as we could here in this hard copy for those without computer access). Enjoy!
For those of you who have computer access, enter this https address into your computer and you can read the actual book that sits in the historical archives in Britain and read more about one of our past residents.
https://archive.org/details/novascotia00huntuoft – Nova Scotia’s part in the Great War – MS Hunt 1920 archive.org
It starts at around page 150.
Also, if you put the Facebook link into your browser you will be able to view / hear the re-dedication video of the 2017 Ampthill Remembrance Re-dedication Ceremony of Canadian Private Dimock’s Grave by Reverend Michael Trodden with the story of how Private Dimock came to be buried in St. Andrew’s Graveyard, United Kingdom.
Quote: “The bugle played the last post after the dedication, one minute’s silence, words over the grave by Reverend Cannon Michael Trodden and prayers. It was a lovely ceremony and very well supported. Although no service was held in the church, the ladies who tend to the church flowers put a tribute of red and white roses and poppies in the church for Avard. Some Nova Scotian tartan was used in the Canada wreath.” end quote.
The following link will take you directly into the web site of Town Council of Ampthill for close-up photos of the “126th Company of the Canadian Forestry Corps” history which is the company that Avard was part of while he was in England. direhttp://www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk/
Quote: “In Autumn the WWI Centenary focus shifted to the Canadian troops that arrived in Ampthill a hundred years ago to fell trees and support the war effort. These men developed a warm bond with the people of Ampthill and a year later they departed as friends. The Alameda Walk was spared the axe and Cooper’s Hill has regenerated into the tranquil heath that we now hold dear. Today, a permanent Canadian’s interpretation board has been installed in The Alameda by the Cenotaph. We hope that you will visit this welcome addition to The Alameda and learn more about the Canadians’ time in Ampthill.”end quote
Following is the email we initially received from England to start all the photos and writings back and forth: “I am writing to you in respect of one of your Nation’s Fallen Soldiers. He was Private Avard Dimock of the Canadian Forestry corps from Mt. Uniacke, Hants county, Nova Scotia. He died in hospital in the UK on 31 Oct 1918. He was aged 24 and just married. His body lays at rest in the Cemetery of St. Andrew’s Church in the Town of Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. He was posted to the UK as part of a unit that felled trees, processed them and shipped them off to the front to be utilized in the trenches. The Canadian Forestry corps provided 70% of all timber used on the Western Front. He enlisted in May 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and arrived in the UK on 5 July 1917 on the SS Justicia with 524 other men from Nova Scotia. He moved to various locations and ended up in Ampthill. Whilst in Ampthill a young lady called Rose took a shine to him and they soon married. Their home address was Arthur Street, Ampthill. Local amateur historians have researched Avard and we found much about him – some photos of him, his new bride, newspaper clips and even a photo of his parents back in Mount Uniacke, Hants County, Nova Scotia, his home town. His ancestor, Thomas Dimock, crossed from England in 1635 on the ship the Hopewell, to what is now Boston. The first Dimock in Canada was Shubael (grandson of Thomas) who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1759. Avard’s lineage can be traced back to aristocracy in Lincolnshire, England (all surnames based around Dymock, Dimmock and so on). The Dymokes are Queen’s Champions – whose role is to carry the Union Standard at Royal Coronations. For quite some time his grave has suffered the ravages of time and nature, it fell into disrepair, and we could not find anything on his wife Rose in terms of children and any living family. In respect of Canada’s 150th Anniversary this year and its special link to 1917, local volunteers, led by the Town Mayor, Simon Peacock (an ex-serviceman himself), sought to restore Avard’s grave. Our local “Neville Funeral Service” took on the project to life and restore the headstone. I will send you a before and after photograph shortly. Avard’s grave will be re-dedicated on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November with the laying of a Canadian Wreath by the High Commission for Canada, and a Flower Posy based on the records we have from Rose and Avard’s wedding from the Town of Ampthill. If it is at all possible, it would be great if you could pass this information to local press, the Canadian Legion, Town of Mt. Uniacke, etc. It would be nice for those in Nova Scotia to know that we here in Ampthill are still caring for their fallen. So far as we can establish, what was left of the Dimock family moved to California in the 1940’s.
Kind Regards and Respect
The Town of Ampthill, England
(a Mari Usque Ad Mare Spreadsheet with Avard’s male line traced back to 1196 attached together with various photos and his army documentation. Information was also found in the following book at page 155 (browser information for connection to the book is):
Nova Scotia’s part in the Great War – MS Hunt 1920 ….Nova Scotia’s industrial centre, New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Trenton: the birthplace of steel in Canada
Editor’s comments: There is a considerable amount of historical information on the Dimock family including the lineage of the Dimock family as far back as the year 1196. We could not post all the information or all the photos here, but entered what we could that would perhaps assist the residents who do not have computers to read, view photos and understand that we have been given a good piece of the history of one of our old families. If you do not have a computer, visit the Mount Uniacke Library and log into one of their computers there and read more on the Dimock family of Mount Uniacke.