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Vernell Spates282651Private219th BattalionNovember 14, 1897Brooklyn, Yarmouth Co., NSMarch 13, 1916Yarmouth, NSPleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS185 feet, 3 inchesMediumBrownBrownSingleBaptistFireman, Stationary EngineNelson Spates (Father) Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NSApril 11, 191719Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France III. A. 4.Commemorated on Page 330 of the First World War Book of RemembranceThis page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 18 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th BattalionVernell Spates was the son of Nelson Thomas and Lillian Maude" (Haskell) Spates, of Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS.Vernell Spates enlisted with the 219th Battalion at Yarmouth, NS. He had previously served with the 29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. During training in Canada he was hospitalized at Aldershot, NS between June 24, 1916, and July 1, 1916 with a mild case of influenza. He embarked Canada at Halifax on October 12, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on October 18, 1916, sailing on the SS Olympic. While at Witley Camp he was transferred to the 42nd Battalion on December 5, 1916 and proceeded overseas for service with the Battalion in France on December 6, 1916.On April 9, 1917 he was wounded by gun shots to the legs, right hand and face during the battle at Vimy Ridge and hospitalized at No. 18 Canadian Casualty Station. He died of wounds on April 11, 1917.
“...IntheactionofEasterMonday,April9,- adayonwhichmanyaCanadianheromadethe supremesacrifice-hewaswoundedinthefootand thighjustashereachedtheGermanfrontline.Our boyswerehavingamix-upwiththeGermansand oneoftheirhandbombsburstquitenearyourson inflicting the fatal wounds.Oneofthecompanystretcherbearersimmediately dressedhiswoundsandshortlyafterhewascarried to the rear.Eventhentheyhopedforthebest,butinvain,for onreturningfromthetrenchestwodayslaterit was to learn he had died from his wounds ...”R. Willcock, LieutenantO.C. “C” Company 42nd BattalionRead: Killed In the Trenches of World War I