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Colin Francis Chisholm   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops Battalion: 10th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops Regimental Number: 1099767 Date of Birth: December 7, 1896 Place of Birth: Antigonish, Antigonish Co., N.S. Date of Enlistment: January 23, 1917 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S. Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S. Age at Enlistment: 20 Years Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA/ 40th Battalion CEF Trade: Mill Hand (Cosmos Cotton Mill) Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Aunt) Mrs. James Hayes, Antigonish, N.S.   Colon Chisholm was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  He was employed at the Cosmos Cotton  Mill, Yarmouth. He enlisted at Yarmouth with the 256th Battalion.  In England and France he was with the 10th Canadian Railway Troops. He died of accidental injuries when he fell from a train.  Date of Death: October 1, 1918 Age at Death: 22 Buried at: Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Plot: XXIII. B. 26A. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located 12 Kms west of Ieper town centre.  During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D'Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 24 being unidentified. There are 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German, 11 of these are unidentified.   Commemorated on Page 384 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 21 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 90)
   Colin Francis Chisholm  
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