Monday, November 12, 2012

Flight Lieutenant George S. Rogers

Flight Lieutenant George S. Rogers was serving with the Royal Flying Corps., fore runner of the Royal Air Force, in England at the time of his death.  Flt/Lt Rogers was killed in a flying accident in August of 1916 and his death was not attributed to combat action, even though he was on active service at the time.

His marker is located in the veteran's section of Barrie Union Cemetery in Barrie Ontario.  If anyone should have further information, I would gladly add it to this blog.

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Driver Charles L. Horne

348064 Driver Charles L. Horne, was born in England on August 10, 1895. At the time of his enlistment he was residing in Barrie Ontario was single and a plumber by trade.  Driver Horne had seen some previous militia service with C. Battery of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. 

Despite having flat feet and a few teeth missing, Driver Horne was considered fit for duty upon his enlistment on October 1, 1915 at the age of 20 years old.

Driver Horne died in 1923 at the age of 28, since his death is not registered with the CWGC , therefor, it is probably not attributed to his military service. 

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Private William James Burtch

643210 Private William James Burtch was born in Milton Ontario on April 3, 1880.  At the time of his enlistment, Private Burtch was married to Muriel Burtch and was living in Barrie Ontario.  His trade was listed as a teamster and he was also actively serving the A Company of the 35th Regiment.

Private Burtch enlisted in the 157th O.S. Bn. C.E.F on November 15, 1915 in Barrie despite having only (3/4) /20 vision in one eye.

Private Burtch died in 1937 at the age of 57.

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Private Edward Henry Chandler

772129 Private Edward Henry Chandler is the only name that comes up in the archive. Which is that of a young farm laborer, who enlisted at the age of 19 on October 20, 1915 in Brantford Ontario.  There is no C.E.F. Bn on his attestation papers and he was sworn in by a J.P.

The only 1st Bn., C.E.F. is the 1st Bn Canadian Mounted Rifles C.E.F which was from Manitoba.  Private Chandler's marker is located in The Canadian Legion Br 147 section of Barrie Union Cemetery in Barrie Ontario.  If someone out there can provide further information, I would be glad to include it in this blog.

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L/Corporal Samuel Grey Cramb

851010 Lance Corporal Samuel Grey Cramb was born on April 4, 1879 in Dunblane Perthshire Scotland.  At the time of his enlistment he resided in Niagara Falls, Ontario his wife Ellen was still living in Scotland.  He had already served 9 years in the Black Watch Volunteers prior to his arriving in Canada.  

L/Cpl Cramb enlisted on December 14, 1916 in the 176th O.S. Bn C.E.F. He would later transfer to the Canadian Engineer Train Depot on April 4, 1917.

L/Cpl Cramb died in 1951 at the age of 72.

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Sapper Thomas N. Boyce

10278198 Sapper Thomas N. Boyce was born on July 8, 1883 in County Down Ireland. At the time of his enlistment he was residing in Montreal with his wife Nina Mabel Boyce. His trade was listed as a mechanic and he was serving in an active Militia regiment, 4th Field Reg, when he enlisted on June 1, 1916 in the 5th Pioneer Bn., C.E.F.

Sapper Boyce died in 1951 at the age of 68.

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Private Jacob Ward Newton

772802 Private Jacob Ward Newton was born on October 31, 1877 in Brantford Ontario.  At the time of his  enlistment in he was 39 years old and a widower, his trade is listed as a painter.  

Private Newton enlisted in the 125th O.S. Bn C.E.F on February 7, 1916 in Brantford Ontario.  At some time during his service he transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corp.  Private Newton died in 1958 at the age of 87.

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Private Robert Henry Jones

2183387 Private Robert Henry Jones was born on March 20, 1891 in Oxbridge Ontario. Private Jones was a persistent man, there are no less than three service numbers in the archives and two sets of attestation papers.  Private Jones was discharged for poor eye sight after serving 6 months with the 157 OS Bn C.E.F. He was finally able to enlist on April 2, 1917 in Winnipeg Manitoba in the Independent Forestry Co. M.D. 10 C.E.F with 20/20 vision.

At the time of his third and successful enlistment, Private Jones was actually residing with his wife Irene in Barrie Ontario and was an express driver by trade. 

Above are two markers, both for Private Jones, one has a birth date of 1891 and the second is 1892. His attestation papers indicate 1891.

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Private Lorne Wesley Sweeney

643336 Private Lorne Wesley Sweeney was born on April 15, 1890 in Barrie Ontario. At the time of his enlistment Pte Sweeney was married to Eipple Lillian Sweeney and was a painter by trade.  He enlisted on January 21, 1916 in Barrie Ontario with the 157th OS Bn C.E.F.

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