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Name: Clayton Porter (Cyriste Pothier) Regimental Number: 1039729 Rank: Sapper Service: Canadian Railway Troops Battalion: 3rd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops Date of Birth: February 13, 1891 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: October 7, 1916 Place of Enlistment: St. John, New Brunswick Address at Enlistment: St. John, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 25 Height: 6 feet Complexion: Fresh Eye Colour: Brown Hair Colour: Brown Marital Status: Single Trade: Brakeman Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Milly Porter, (Mother) Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: October 21, 1917 Age at Death: 26 Cemetery: Faubourg-D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France Grave Reference: VI. A. 14 Commemorated on Page 310 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 7 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument as “Pothier, Cryste C.” Clayton Porter enlisted with the 239th Battalion (Railway Construction Corps) in St. John, New Brunswick. He disembarked in Liverpool, England on December 26, 1916. In France he served with the 3rd Battalion Canadian Railways Troops. On the night of October 21, 1917, Sapper Porter was in the town of Arras and met his death by being accidentally run down by some heavy vehicle, presumably a motor lorry. It was observed that the night of October 21st was very dark and no lights were allowed on motor vehicles in the Town of Arras. Sapper Porter had attended Sunday evening service at the Catholic Church and Club in Arras. He was one of the last to leave at 7:50 pm. Sources: Library and Archives Canada Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Clayton Porter
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