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Private Charles Henry Durkee Regimental Number: 283469 Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 219th Battalion (Home Guard) “C” Company Place of Birth: Lake George, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Date of Birth: August 8, 1875 Address at Enlistment: Beaver River, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Married to Ella May Durkee Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S Date of Enlistment: April 12, 1916 Age at enlistment: 40 Height: 5 feet 8 inches Religion: Baptist Charles Henry Durkee was the son of the late Cyrus M. and Mary E. Durkee and the husband of Ella May Durkee. of Beaver River, N.S. Charles had a daughter, Anna Vivian and a son Private Forrester Durkee who was stationed in Halifax at McNabs Island with the Canadian Artillery. Charles enlisted in 1916; however, due to his age he was considered too old to be sent overseas and was stationed with the Canadian Militia at Halifax. On December 6th 1917, at the time of the Halifax Explosion, Charles was on duty at the Wellington Barracks and incurred a severe head injury. An operation was performed on March 17th to remove a splinter of bone from his brain. He did not recover from the operation and died the following day. Date of Death: March 18, 1918 Age at Death: 42 Buried at: Port Maitland (Beaver River) Cemetery, Nova Scotia, Canada Plot: L.101. N.B. Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial
Private Charles Henry Durkee
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Photo: Courtesy of Kathleen (Durkee) Cann