Born on 1 March 1877 in Camb Watword[?], Ireland - brother of Miss Annie Powers, Wexford County, Ireland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Evert[?], Massachusetts; trade as laborer, single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.
Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 26 December 1916 (number 1042621) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 November 1917 - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 28 November 1917.
(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF)