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Name: John Donohoe Service Number: 415840 Rank: Private Battalion: 40th Battalion/25th Battalion Date of Birth: May 21, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: August 12, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Aldershot, NS Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches Complexion: fresh Eyes: blue Hair: brown Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single (at enlistment) Religion: Baptist (Attestation paper) Next of Kin: Mrs Liddie Donohue, (Mother)Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: September 15, 1918 Age at Death: 23 Cause of Death: Died of tuberculosis in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. Cemetery: Our Lady of Calvary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Grave Reference: Plot: L. 119. Commemorated on Page 399 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 28 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion Donahoe, John (on Yarmouth War Memorial) John Donohoe was the only son of William and Lydia Donohue, of Yarmouth. Prior to his enlistment he was employed with Cosmos Cotton Mill. He enlisted at Aldershot, NS with the 40th Battalion and trained in Canada between August and October of 1915. He departed Canada at Quebec for the United Kingdom on October 18, 1915 sailing on the SS Saxonia and arrived in England on October 28, 1915. He was transferred to the 25th Battalion and embarked for France on March 8, 1916. He served in the early battles of the Somme. and survived without serious injury despite being buried on three occasions from shell fire; however, he did suffer from shell-shock. He was gassed, the effects of which gradually developed into a slow and fatal case of tuberculosis. On May 22, 1916 he was admitted to No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne and on May 26, 1916 was returned to Folkestone, Kent in England and hospitalized at various hospitals in Wokingham, Shorncliffe, and Hastings. Private Donohoe was returned to Canada on the SS Empress in August 1916. Discharged on February 16, 1917 at Quebec, he arrived home in Yarmouth accompanied by his bride, an English girl, formerly Mary E. Kemp of Coventry. They were married in Montreal in January, 1917. His military funeral took place at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Yarmouth. Sources: Library and Archives Canada Veterans Affairs Canada
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