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Sources: Library and Archives Canada Veterans Affairs Canada A Monument Speaks; A Thurston; 1989 (pp 93-96)
Elkanah Ernest Clements
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Elkanah Ernest Clements 282906 Private 219th Battalion; 85th Battalion March 19, 1894 Carleton, Yarmouth Co., NS March 6, 1915 Yarmouth, NS Carleton, Yarmouth Co., NS 5 feet, 9 inches light light brown blue 29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth, NS (Recruit) Single Miller Baptist Elkanah H Clements Carleton Yarmouth Co., NS July 27, 1918 23 Carleton Cemetery, Nova Scotia, Canada R.I. G.5 Commemorated on Page 386 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 22 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th Battalion Elkanah was the son of Elkanah Havelock Clements (b. 1859) and Eunice (Mullen) Clements (1867- 1938), of Carleton, NS. Enlisting with the 219th Battalion, Elkanah embarked Canada at Halifax on the SS Olympic on October 13. 1916 and disembarked England at Liverpool. He was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott Camp on January 1, 1917 . He proceeded to France for service with the 85th Battalion and joined the unit in the field on July 7, 1917. While in France he was gassed during an attack on the German lines. He fought at Passchendaele and walked through nearly three miles of gas with his gas-mask on. On December 15, 1917, suffering from muscle pain in the left thigh, he was admitted to No. 13 Canadian Field Ambulance Station and on December 19 to No 22, Canadian Casualty Station. On December 23, 1917 he was admitted to 22 General Hospital and invalided to England and the Norfolk War Hospital at Norwich, on December 31, 1917. Now diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, he was invalided to Canada for further treatment on March 28 1918, embarking Liverpool on the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle. In Canada he was admitted to the NS Sanatorium at Kentville, NS for treatment on May 9, 1918; however, after fifty-seven days his condition was terminal and he requested he be allowed to return home. He was discharged from the hospital on July 5, 1918 and returned home where he died on July 27th, 1918. He was officially discharged from service on July 5, 1918.