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Name: Chester Howard Hulsman Regimental Number: 42255 Rank: Sergeant Regiment: 3rd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery Date of Birth: August 12, 1892 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: September 25, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Valcartier, Quebec Address at Enlistment: Hamilton, Ontario Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 Feet 6 Inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Marital Status: Single (at enlistment) Trade: Painter Religion: Wesleyan Next of Kin: Mrs. W.B. Hulsman (Mother), 34 Earl St., Hamilton, Ontario Florence Hulsman (Wife) Hamstead, England (1915) Date of Death: July 27, 1916 Age at Death: 23 Cemetery: Calais Southern Cemetery, France Grave Reference: Plot E. Row 3. Grave 10 Commemorated on Page 106 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 13 and March 14 Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial Chester Hulsman was born in Yarmouth, NS on August 12, 1892, the son of William Busby Hulsman (1867- 1942) and Martha Ellen (Saulnier) Hulsman (1872-1948). His brother Vernon Busby Hulsman also served during WWI. Chester enlisted at Valcartier on September 25, 1914. He had previously served with the 4th Field Battery Canadian Field Artillery at Hamilton, Ontario. While serving overseas, he married Florence Milton of Hampstead, London in October of 1915. He was promoted to Sergeant on August 15, 1915 while serving in France. At about 8:30 pm on July 26, 1916 a non-commission officer came into the Sergeants’ Mess with a rifle grenade in his hand. He handed it to Sergeant Hulsman who not knowing it was loaded, threw it on the floor in he corner of the hut, and it exploded, seriously wounding him in the head. He died the following day at No 35 General Hospital, Calais.
Chester Howard Hulsman
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War Diary Reference to Sergeant Hulsman’s death.