Name:Service No:Rank:Battalion/Service:Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Address at Enlistment:Age at Enlistment:Complexion:Hair Colour:Eye Colour:Martial Status:Trade:Religion:Next of Kin:Date of Death:Age at Death:Cemetery:Grave Reference:
Ivan Vernon HigbyCorporal101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, US ArmyNovember 4, 1895Yarmouth, NS1917MassachusettsBoston, Mass. US22 (estimated)fairlight brownlight bluesingleunknownBaptistunknownOctober 27, 191823Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and MemorialRomagne-sous-Montfaucon, FranceG Row 5 Grave 24Listed on the Yarmouth War MemorialCorporal Ivan Vernon Higby was the son of Samuel Ernest Higby and Adorah M (Crowell) Higby of Chegoggin, Yarmouth Co., NS. His father was a stove-fitter. Ivan had three brothers and two sisters. In 1910 he was living with his aunt, Mrs. Leo Sherman in Yarmouth. He left Yarmouth on January 26, 1910 at the age of fourteen travelling with his grandmother, Margaret Higby, to live with his aunt, Mrs. Clair E. Beveridge, of 45 Saratoga St, East Boston, Mass. Ivan was a student at that time and intended to live in the United States permanently. The 26th Infantry Division was formed on July 18, 1917 and activated on August 22, 1917 at Camp Edwards, MA, consisting of units from the New England area. The division's commander selected the nickname "Yankee Division" to highlight the division's geographic make-up. Sent to Europe in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, the division saw extensive combat in France.The division was part of the offensive at St. Mihiel, during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel (1918) and the division then moved in position for the last major offensive of the war, at Meuse-Argonne.