Wednesday 28 September 2011

Private Thomas Romauld Powell

Born on 6 June 1892 in Smiths Falls, Ontario - son of Thomas Powell, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Smiths Falls, Ontario; single; Roman Catholic; trade as locomotive fireman; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 18 March 1918 (number 3057365) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 October 1918 - killed in action on 1 November 1918 - buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery (grave I.B.17), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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