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Douglas Coy Pierce Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 85th Battalion Regimental Number: 223235 Rank: Private Date of Birth: February 8, 1894 Place of Birth: Cedar Lake, Digby County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 4, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Cedar Lake, Digby County, Nova Scotia Age at enlistment: 21 Height: 6 Feet Trade: Electrician Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: (Mother) Mrs Alice Pierce, Cedar Lake, Digby County, Nova Scotia Douglas Pierce was the son of George W. and Alice E. Pierce, of Hebron, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He enlisted in 1915 with the 85th Battalion. Douglas Pierce and Emerson Ladd Curry both with the 85th Battalion participated in the recruiting rally of February, 1916 in the Beaver River area, Nova Scotia urging more volunteers for the battalion. While serving in France, Douglas became ill and was admitted to hospital on June 11, 1917. He died two days later of nephritis (acute kidney failure). His friend, Emerson would later write: “My first few months in England were very pleasant and much enjoyed. I had one chief chum, Douglas Pierce. He was as a brother to me and I had such joy knowing him that day by day he was being brought closer to the Master…” Date of Death: June 13, 1917 Age at Death: 23 Buried at: Aire Communal Cemetery, France (Plot: I. F. 2.) From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as corps headquarters. The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there as was the 39th Stationary Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units. Plot I contains burials from this period. The burials in plots II, III and IV (Rows A to F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13 kilometres of the German lines. The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a few French and German war graves Commemorated on Page 309 of the First World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 6 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 85th Battalion. Sources: Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information/photo) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 270-271)
Private Douglas Coy Pierce
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