John Deafortsagamohock No. 282675 219th Highland Battalion NSDate of Birth: March 25, 1892Place of Birth: Saratoga, MB Date of Enlistment:March 11, 1916Age: 25 Place of Enlistment:Yarmouth, NS Trade: CowboyNext of Kin: Harris (Mother), Winnipeg, MBPrevious Military Experience:29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth NSSharpshooter, Scout with the Texas RangersBased in Aldershot, NS, the 219th Battalion began recruiting in early 1916 as part of a four-battalion "Nova Scotia Highland Brigade". The 219th recruited personnel from the counties of Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings. After sailing from Halifax on October 13, 1916, to England on RMS Olympic, the 219th Battalion was based at Witley Camp and later relocated to Bramshott. The battalion was absorbed into the 17th Reserve Battalion on January 23, 1917, although a number of men were transferred to the 85th around the same time. The 219th (Highland) Battalion, CEF, had one Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Muirhead.