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David William Roy Regiment: Canadian Infantry/Canadian Field Artillery Battalion: 24th Battalion/3rd Brigade Regimental Number: 86002 Rank: Corporal Date of Birth: December 28, 1884 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: January 2, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Fredericton, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 30 Height: 5 feet, 7 inches Prior Military Experience: 9 years in Field Artillery Trade: Postal Clerk Marital Status: Single Religion: Church of England Next of Kin: (Father) Louis J. Roy; Yarmouth, N.S. David William Roy was the son of Louis J. and Annie J. Roy, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He had considerable experience with the 29th Battery of Artillery (Militia), Yarmouth, NS and had gained the rank of Battery Quartermaster Sergeant. He left Yarmouth for Fredericton, NB on November 9, 1914 and enlisted with the 24th Battalion. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, 3:30 pm, on September 25, 1916 He was buried behind the firing line; however, his remains were never found or identified. Date of Death: September 25, 1916 (Somme) Age at Death: 32 Memorial: Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France The Vimy Memorial honours all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and particularly to the 60,000 who gave their lives in France. It also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave Commemorated on Page 157 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 10 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 (pp 291-294)
Corporal David William Roy
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