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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 24, 1916

Three Guysborough County natives attested for overseas service with CEF units on April 24, 1916:

Fanning, Charles Robert:

Born January 9, 1886 at Canso, son of Thomas & Elizabeth (Kavanaugh) Fanning.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. Transferred to 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) on July 4, 1917. Served with 4th Entrenching Battalion from July 22 to September 15, 1917. Joined 85th Battalion in the field on November 6, 1917. Wounded (right forearm, back, right ear) at Scarpe, near Arras, France on September 2, 1918 and invalided to England. Departed for Canada on November 22, 1918. Discharged as “medically unfit” at Halifax on January 27, 1919.

Post-war: Returned to Canso immediately after discharge, but was living at 40 Cleveland St., Gloucester, MA when he submitted a request for his service medals in April 1922. No additional information available.
 
Pembroke, Peter Thomas:


Born November 15, 1891 at Canso, son of John & Mary Elizabeth (Kelly) Pembroke.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. No further details available on military service.

Post-war: Never married. Lived and worked in Halifax, NS. Died at Camp Hill Hospital Halifax, NS on March 3, 1949. Cause of death: severe burns from accidental house fire. Laid to rest in Star of the Sea Cemetery, Canso, NS.

Sullivan, Thomas William:


Born August 22 1885 at Canso, NS, son of David & Mary (Sutherland) Sullivan.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. Transferred to 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) on July 10, 1917. Wounded on October 30, 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium. Died of wounds at No. 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Poperinghe, Belgium on November 5, 1917. Laid to rest in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Thomas's story is among the 72 profiles published in "First World War Honour Roll of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Volume I: 1915 - 1917," available at Bantry Publishing.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 15, 1916

Three Guysborough County residents enlisted for service with CEF units on April 15, 1916. None survived the war.

Hallett, Vincent Stephen:


Born December 20, 1898 at Country Harbour, son of Freeman & Sarah Elizabeth (Davidson) Hallett.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough, NS. Transferred to 17th Reserve Battalion (Nova Scotia) on January 23, 1917, then to 161st Reserve Battalion (Ontario) on February 8, 1917. Assigned to 18th Battalion (Western Ontario) on March 8, 1918. Wounded (back) at Arras, France on August 27, 1918. Died of wounds at No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station on August 28, 1918. Laid to rest in Aubigny Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

McDonald, Angus:


Born October 28, 1888 at Havre Boucher, Antigonish County, son of Duncan D. & Elizabeth McDonald. Family relocated to Mulgrave sometime before 1911.

Enlistment: 106th Battalion at Pictou, NS on April 15, 1916. Transferred to 26th Battalion (New Brunswick) on September 21, 1916. Died of wounds received in training (accidental explosion) near Bully-les-Mines, France on October 26, 1916. Laid to rest in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Angus’s story is among the 71 profiles published in “First World War Honour Roll of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Volume I: 1915 - 1917,” available at Bantry Publishing.
 
MacDonald, Thomas Howard:


Born December 15, 1877 at Mulgrave, son of Dr. Patrick Alexander & Annie B. (Condon) MacDonald. Married with children at time of enlistment.

Enlistment: Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) at Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bearwood, England on April 15, 1916. Commissioned rank of Major. Previous service with Nova Scotia militia units at Aldershot, NS, dating back to 1905. Served as Assistant Director of Medical Services (ADMS), Bath & London, England. Subsequently served with Canadian Military Hospital, Liverpool; No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau, France; Medical Officer, 4th Canadian Labor Battalion; OC, CAMC Medical Staff, HMHS Llandovery Castle. Lost at sea on June 27, 1918 when a German U-boat torpedoed HMHS Llandovery Castle off the coast of Ireland.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 13, 1916

Two Guysborough County natives attested for service with CEF units on April 13, 1916: 

Sangster, Willoughby Arthur:

Born May 24, 1894 at New Harbour, son of George Whitfield & Irma (Luddington) Sangster.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at New Glasgow, NS. Transferred to 246th Battalion (NS) prior to 193rd departure to England. No further service information available.

Post-war: Married Ida Nickerson and raised a family of five children. Lived and worked in Dartmouth, NS. Passed away at Cole Harbour, Halifax County on September 4, 1971 and laid to rest in Mount Hermon Cemetery, Dartmouth, NS.

Stewart, Donald Reid:

 
Born June 27, 1887 at Sherbrooke, son of John Henry & Harriet Jane (Jordain) Stewart.

Enlistment: 159th Battalion at Haileybury, ON. Married to Adele Jane “Jennie” McDonald, East Roman Valley, with two young sons at time of enlistment. Transferred to Canadian Engineers Training Depot after arriving in England. Assigned to No. 3 Tunnelling Company on August 19, 1917 and served with the unit at the front for the remainder of the war. Awarded Military Medal for bravery in the field on August 6, 1918 (circumstances unknown).

Post-war: Returned to Central Canada with his family, worked as an engineer. Third child—a daughter—born in 1919. Passed away at Haileybury, ON on April 2, 1965.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 11, 1916

Four Guysborough County natives and one prominent resident attested for overseas services with CEF units on April 11, 1916.

Ellis, James Fraser:

Born June 11, 1872 at Upper Stewiacke, Colchester County, son of William & Margaret (Fraser) Ellis.

Enlistment: No. 9 Stationary Hospital (StFX Unit) at Antigonish, NS. Married to Ethel (Anderson) Ellis at time of enlistment, James operated a family medical practice at Sherbrooke. Served overseas with No. 7 Stationary Hospital (Dalhousie Unit), Arques, France; A. D. M. S. Office, London; CAMC Depot, Shorncliffe, England; Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Uxbridge, England; and King’s Red Cross Hospital, Bushey Park, England. Discharged from military service on July 25, 1919.

Post-war: Three children (two daughters and one son). Represented Guysborough County in the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly (1904 - 20) and was Speaker of the House prior to enlistment (1912-16). District Medical Advisor, Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax (1919 - 23). Appointed Board of Pensions Commissioner, Ottawa (1923), a position he held until his death. Passed away at Ottawa, ON on April 3, 1937 and laid to rest in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

Fogarty, Patrick Augustus:

Born January 13, 1886 at Fox Island, son of Matthew & Abigail “Abbie” (Richard) Fogarty.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. Transferred to 42nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) on December 6, 1916. Wounded (shrapnel - right eye, left arm and hip) on September 12, 1918 at Arras, France and invalided to England. Discharged at Halifax on January 28, 1920.

Post-war: Married Della Richard. Passed away at Charlos Cove on October 7, 1947 and laid to rest in the local cemetery.

Jordan, John Abner:

Born April 9, 1884 at Sherbrooke, son of Thomas & Mary Catherine (Fraser) Jordan.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Sherbrooke, NS.  Declared “medically unfit” on May 4, 1916.

Post-war: Married to Blanche MacDonald at time of enlistment. No further information available.

Jordan, Robert Elisha:


Born January 28, 1888 at Indian Harbour, son of Allan Hiram & Mary Alice (Atkins) Jordan.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough, NS. No additional service information available.

Post-war: Married to Hannah E. Jordan; one son, Fraser, at time of enlistment. Raised a family of seven children. Passed away (tuberculosis) on July 3, 1930 at St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish. Laid to rest at Indian Harbour.

O’Brien, James Edward:

Born March 27, 1896 at Canso, son of John J. & Elizabeth (Landry) O’Brien.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. Transferred to 47th Battalion. Killed in action at Amiens, France on August 11, 1918.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

64th Battalion's Guysborough County Soldiers

The 64th Battalion (Maritime Provinces) arrived in England on April 9, 1916. Its nominal roll contains the name of eight soldiers whose next of kin resided in Guysborough County:

Dickson, John Rood:


Next of kin - Mrs. D. Dickson, Sonora, Guysborough County. Transferred to 25th Battalion (Nova Scotia). Died of bronchial pneumonia at No. 20 Casualty Clearing Station on February 26, 1919. Laid to rest in Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Haincourt, Belgium.

Feltmate, James:

Next of kin - Mrs. Agnes Feltmate Hazel Hill, Guysborough County.

Gunn, John Berrigan: 


Next of kin - William Gunn, Fisherman’s Harbour, Guysborough County. Transferred to the 25th Battalion (Nova Scotia). Killed in action near Courcelette on October 1, 1916.

Hall, William George:


 Next of kin - Mrs. A. C. Giffin, Goldsboro, Guysborough County. Transferred to 2nd Battalion (Central Ontario & Quebec). Killed in action near Bapaume, France on September 3, 1916.

Jost, Arthur Cranswick: Rank of Major, 64th’s Medical Officer.

Next of kin - Mrs. C. Victoria Jost, Guysborough, NS.

Lawson, Edwin Lester:

Next of kin - E. R. Lawson, Sherbrooke, Guysborough County.

Meagher, William N.:

Next of kin - Mrs. M. A. Meagre, Mulgrave, Guysborough County.

Redmond, Rudolph:

Next of kin - Hanna Jane Redmond, Liscomb, Guysborough County.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 8, 1916

Three Guysborough County natives attested with the 193rd Battalion on April 8 1916:

Giffin, Spencer Harrington:

Born July 18, 1898 at Isaac’s Harbour, son of Stephen M. & Catherine (Dillon) Giffin.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Transferred to 85th Battalion on November 6, 1917. Transferred to Canadian Machine Gun Corps on April 19, 1918. Assigned to 4th Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps on June 2, 1918. Hospitalized (tonsillitis and influenza) in France on August 21, 1918 and invalided to England. Discharged at Halifax on February 11, 1919.

Post-war: Married Pauline Jean Frances Campbell. Passed away at Isaac’s Harbour in February 1989.

Henderson, Harry Wallace:

Born November 13, 1899 at New Harbour, son of Andrew William & Carrie Elizabeth (Luddington) Henderson.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Due to his age, Harry remained at Halifax for winter 1916-17. Transferred to No. 3 Nova Scotia Forestry Company in April 1917 and departed for England in June 1917. Transferred to No. 115 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps after arriving in England in July 1917. Service in England with CFC.

Post-war: Married Gussie Lorinda Luddington on February 28, 1934. Passed away at Guysborough Memorial Hospital on October 15, 1983 and laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, New Harbour.

Sangster, Herman:


Born September 3, 1898 at Coddles Harbour, son of Townshend & Laura F. (Sponagle) Sangster.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Due to his age, Herman remained in Halifax for winter 1916-17. Transferred to No. 1 Nova Scotia Forestry Company in April 1917, No further service information available, although Herman likely accompanied Harry Henderson to England, as the two enlisted together—their attestation numbers are consecutive.

Post-war: Married Vivian Hayward at Amherst, NS on March 31, 1921 and subsequently moved to the United States, raising a family of two children. Passed away at Dearborn, MI on May 27, 1976 and laid to rest in Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia, MI.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 6, 1916

Three Guysborough County natives attested for overseas services with CEF units on April 5, 1916:

Dort, Thomas Leo:



Born August 6, 1892 at Canso, son of James A. & Bridget Dort.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Canso, NS. Transferred to 42nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) on December 6, 1916. Hospitalized in France (illness) on March 21, 1917 and invalided to England. Returned to 42nd in the field on July 9, 1917. Returned to Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre on November 24, 1917. Transferred to 2nd Tramways Company, Canadian Engineers on March 4, 1918. Hospitalized in France (illness) on September 21, 1918. Discharged at Halifax on March 24, 1919.

Post-war: Returned to Canso and married Margaret Baker on January 18, 1920. Died at Canso on April 2, 1926. “Circumstances of Casualty” card lists cause of death as “kidney, lung & heart trouble. Death related to service.” Laid to rest in Star of the Sea Church Cemetery, Canso, NS.

McLeod, Harry:


Born August 29, 1887 at Halifax, raised in the home of his uncle and aunt, James & Alina (Sangster) O’Hara, New Harbour.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Stellarton, NS. Transferred to 185th Battalion (Cape Breton Highlanders) on December 29, 1916. Transferred to 25th Battalion (Nova Scotia) on May 27, 1917. Wounded (shrapnel, right hand) on April 22, 1918. Returned to 25th in the field on June 6, 1918. Killed in action at Amiens, France on August 9, 1918.

Quinn, Edward Lloyd:


Born August 4, 1885 at Sonora, son of Edward & Martha E. (Mills) Quinn.

Enlistment: 219th Battalion at Halifax, NS. Transferred to 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) on December 28, 1916. Wounded (leg) while in support lines near Bouvigny, France on March 8, 1917. No further service information available.

Post-war: Married Laura Mailman at Port Hilford on April 28, 1920 and raised a family of three children. Worked as Inspector of Fisheries in the Guysborough area. Passed away suddenly (heart attack) at Port Hawkesbury, NS on August 9, 1937. Laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke.