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Name: John Kenneth Price Service Number: 1099768 Rank: Sapper Service: Canadian Railway Troops 256th Railway Construction Battalion 10th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops Date of Birth: June 8, 1900 (Actual date of birth June 8, 1899) Place of Birth: Tabusintac, New Brunswick Date of Enlistment: January 21, 1917 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 16 Height: 5 Feet 6 Inches Complexion; Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery CFA, Yarmouth NS Trade: Mill hand (Comos Imperial Mill Yarmouth NS) Marital Status: Single Religion: Church of England Next of Kin: Jennie Price (Mother) Millerton, New Brunswick Date of Death: April 3, 1918 Age at Death: 17 Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Plot: XXVI. E. 13A. 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 John Kenneth Price was born at Tabusintac New Brunswick the son of Jacob B. and Jessie V. Price, of Millerton, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the 256th Battalion Railway Construction Battalion at Yarmouth, NS, on January 21, 1917 declaring his date of birth as June 8, 1899. He sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland arriving in Liverpool, England on April 29, 1917. While stationed at Purfleet, Essex he transferred from the 256th Battalion to the 10th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops on May 31, 1917. On June 19, 1917 he landed in France. In April, 1918 his unit was attached to the British Army in the Ypres Salient where they were heavily shelled and bombed as they built new rail lines closer to the front. The British were strengthening their defences in anticipation of a German push and the weather was terrible. On April 3 John Price was on guard duty at a new railway line, south of Remy South siding. An engine and three cars, two loaded with supplies and one empty were being pushed to the new rail siding. John was riding between the first and second car from the engine and was attempting to pull the coupling pin when he slipped and fell between the two cars. The train was moving at approximately one and a half miles per hour at the time. The driver saw him slip down to pull the pin and then saw his cap fall out beside the train. The driver immediately stopped; however, within the short distance before the train came to a stop John price was killed. The driver and fireman called a Canadian Sergeant and under his orders, they uncoupled the empty car and removing the body placed it in the empty car and transported it to the 2nd Field Hospital at the Remy Siding where he was officially pronounced dead. He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial Library and Archives Canada
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