Wednesday 27 May 2009

Private Percy Cecil Gomme

Born on 5 March 1897 in New Castle, Ontario - son of Charles and H.M. Gomme, New Castle, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in New Castle, Ontario, trade as student, single, no current military service, previously served in the 46th Regiment, Church of England, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 21 April 1916 (number 219017) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 18 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 1 August 1916 - taken on the strength of the 72nd Battalion, CEF, on 12 August 1916 - later promoted to lance-corporal - killed in action on 1 November 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 18-28-30), Belgium.

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