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Walter Pothier Regimental Number: 469917 Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 26th Battalion Regimental Number: 469917 Rank: Private Date of Birth: October 19, 1896 Place of Birth: Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: September 3, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Sussex, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 18 Years, 11 months Height: 5 feet, 10 inches Trade: Fisherman Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Father) David Pothier, Wedgeport, N.S. Date of Death: August 5, 1916 Age: 19 Cemetery: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot: III. D. 2.) Ridge Wood was the name given to a wood standing on high ground between the Kemmel road and Dickebusch Lake. The cemetery lies in a hollow on the western side of the ridge and the position was chosen for a front line cemetery as early as May 1915. The first graves were from the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles and similar groups were made by the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Canadian Battalions and the 9th Durham Light Infantry at the times when they occupied this sector. The cemetery contains 619 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Commemorated on Page 149 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 6 Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 273)
Private Walter Pothier
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