Lt Donald Robert(s) Hart

1889 Jun 5. Born Westbury on Severn, Gloucs

1891 census at Flaxley, Gloucs

Attended Gloucester Grammar School

1901 census at St Mary Sq, Gloucester

1908 Oct 17. Kills a man in an accident - He knocked the man over with his bicycle. It was quite a complicated case as to what Hart did do, did not do and should have done. But the jury passed a verdict that put no blame on Hart.

1911 census. Working as a Drapery Assistant in a large drapers in 27 Minster St, Reading

1914 Sep 4. Marries in Chelmsford to Cecily Evelyn Case

1915 Jan/Mar. Birth of Basil Donald James Hart (correct mother)(Basil marries a Marjorie G Bell in Brighton n 1945)

1915 Mar 29. Lands in France

1917 Jun 6. Commissioned 2nd Lt

1918 Dec 10. The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts.: — D. R. Hart, 1st South Midland Bde., next below Lt. A. K. Roberts.

1920 Feb 11. Apprenticeship indenture, Donald Hart of Hucclecote, Gloucestershire Date. Donald Roberts Hart of Hucclecote, Gloucestershire had an apprenticeship with Penzance Borough Council. Donald Hart to become pupil sanitary inspector.

1921 Sep 30. Territorial Army. The undermentioned Offrs. relinquish their commns.,under A.O. 166/21 as amended by A.O. 332/21, and retain their rank . Lt D R Hart

1921 Dec 3. Accepted in Ireland. Joined ADRIC with service no 2208.

1921 Dec 10 .Posted to D Coy

1922 Jan 20. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1923 Aug 11. Charged with fraud. He is committed for trial at quarter sessions

1924 Oct 24. Divorce

1924 May 30 Leaves UK for Canada. He is a Clerk, and travels 3rd class

1927 Mar 25. Donald Robert Hart married an Annie Davis in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

1929 Jan 24, Annie died in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1929 they lived at 619-1 Ave NW Calgary which is the address from which he applied for his medals). The family have copies of their marriage registration and her death registration. Annie died of “Acute myocarditis following an operation on 21 Jan 1929 for removal of fibroid cysts and appendix.”

1929 Apr 24. Marriage date for Florence Edwards and Donald . This is only 3 months after his wife's death

1942 Dec 30 Died Ontario, Canada . Lung cancer. His address was 24 Walmer Rd, Toronto. . There is no detail on his wife, and the information was given by "last Post Fund".The Last Post Fund’s mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at time of death. Its primary mandate is to deliver the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program which provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans.

1943 Jan 2. Burial Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Section 7-327

The death cert gives him as "married" but name of wife not given. However ....

1980 Sep 20. Florence Hart , widow of Donald Roberts Hart died in Victoria, British Columbia aged 89, She was born in West Bromwich Staffordshire, England on 20 Jul 1891 and daughter of George Edwards and Elizabeth Roberts


Martina Caddel emailed me in Nov 2018. At the end of August of this year, his great-granddaughter, Sarah Freedman, contacted me by an email address I left on Ancestry. Donald R Hart's granddaughter Elaine was an only child, daughter of Basil Donald J Hart and Marjorie Bell. She was born in 1946 in Brighton. Elaine passed in 2010 in Penrith, Cumbria, England. Elaine married a Simon Freedman and had a daughter and son. The son has no children and the daughter is divorced with two daughters. The present family did not know anything about Donald when they wrote. Basil 'Don' Hart did not know that DR Hart had divorced Cecily. Cecily may not have told her son. 'Don' kept a newspaper cutting of Donald Robert’s obituary which names Cecily and him as his family in England.