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Name: Frank Lester Corning Regimental Number: 2503011 Rank: Sapper Regiment: Canadian Railway Troops 13th Light Railway Operating Company Date of Birth: September 14, 1886 Place of Birth: Yarmouth Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: October 11, 1917 Place of enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba Address at Enlistment: 409 Kennedy St., Winnipeg, Manitoba Age at Enlistment: 31 Height: 5 ft, 10 inches Complexion: ruddy Eyes: blue Hair: light Martial Status: Married Trade: Engineer Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Emma Corning (wife) Date of Death: March 28, 1918 Cemetery: Barlin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Plot: II. E. 46. Frank Corning left Yarmouth in 1904 and settled in western Canada. He resigned his position of Superintendent of the Construction Department of the Winnipeg Street Railway Company to enlist. He went overseas with the 13th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops. His unit had the responsibility of laying railway track and operating trains transporting supplies and munitions from the rear areas to the front. The trains operated close to the front lines and were vulnerable to shell fire and attacks by German airmen. While his unit was resting at Maroeuil (a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France) an enemy shell burst in the camp instantly killing Sapper Corning. Commemorated on Page 389 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 23 Listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial
Frank Lester Corning
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