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Henry William Powers Rank: Private Regimental Number: 282947 Unit: Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) Division: 219th Battalion; 85th Battalion Regimental number: 282947 Date of Birth: January 19, 1894 Place of Birth: Plymouth, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: March 17, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Complexion: light Eyes: light blue Hair: Auburn Prior Military Experience: 29th Field Battalion, Yarmouth NS. Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Methodist Next of Kin: Charles W. Powers (Father) Yarmouth, NS William was the son of Charles W. Powers and Nellie Powers of Yarmouth, NS. He joined the 219th Battalion at Yarmouth, and went overseas on the SS Olympic on October 12, 1916, arriving in England on October 18, 1916. He was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott and on April 21 1917, to the 85th Battalion. While at Bramshott he was hospitalized for 21 days suffering from mumps. On April 21, 1917 he proceeded to France with the 85th Battalion and went into the trenches. On June 25, 1917 he was assigned to the Tumpline Section of the battalion with the chief duty to supply rations and ammunition to the men in the front line. He was one of the battalion’s original tumpliners. This work was usually assigned to the most reliable men and those who had already served in the front lines. Henry was on duty with a ration party when he was hit by shrapnel on the night of February 3, 1918. He was taken to the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance Station with shrapnel wounds to his chest, leg, and forehead and from there through a casualty clearing station until February 9. Once stabilized although seriously ill, he was transferred to No 46 Canadian Stationary at Etaples Hospital where he died from his wounds on February 24, 1918. Date of Death: February 24, 1918 Age at Death: 24 Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference: XXXI. G. 27 Commemorated on Page 487 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 15 During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified. Etaples Military Cemetery also contains 662 Non Commonwealth burials, mainly German, including 6 unidentified Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial
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