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Charles Buckler Matheson 1031127 Private 236th Battalion The New Brunswick Kilties - Sir Sam’s Own September 17, 1895 Yarmouth, NS July 2, 1917 Fredericton, NS 34 Wood Ave., Mattapan, Mass. US 21 5 feet, 9½ inches dark brown brown Massachusetts Ambulance Company #1 Single Waiter Church of England Isabella Matherson (Mother) Mattapan, Mass. US September 10, 1917 21 Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth NS G.W.V.A. 52 Commemorated on Page 291 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 26 Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial Born in Yarmouth, NS, Charles Buckler Matheson was the son of John James Matheson (1865–1941) and Isabelle Seaman (Buckler) Matheson of Boston, Mass. US. He was the brother of William (1893–1936), and Scott Milne Matheson (1902-1943). Charles registered with the US Draft Board on June 5, 1917 listing his place of birth as Boston, Mass. and as a natural born US citizen. He listed his employment as a steamship waiter with last employment as Boston-Yarmouth Steamship Company (not working at present). His previous military service was as a Corporal, 2nd Steward Naval Reserve Ambulance Company. Charles enlisted at Fredericton, NB with the 236th Battalion in July, 1917. He was in Yarmouth in September of 1917 and took ill on September 8 with spinal meningitis. He was hospitalized at the Yarmouth Hospital where he died on September 10. He was buried in Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth NS. While his death certificate lists his place of birth as Boston, Mass., US, his attestation paper gives his place of birth as Yarmouth, NS. and a correction was made to the US birth records in 1911 giving his place of birth as Nova Scotia.
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