Monday, 12 November 2007

Corporal Harry Powell Clifton

Born on 16 January 1871 in Niagara Falls, Ontario - husband of Helen Wallace Clifton, Toronto, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: trade as commission agent, married, no current military service, previously served with the 44th Welland Infantry for four years, the 21st Essex Infantry for five years, the Queen's Own Rifles for four years, and the 36th Peel Regiment for one year, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, hazel eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 15 March 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410706) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off strength to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps on 1 January 1917 - later served as an Acting Company Sergeant-Major with reserve units.

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