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George Clifford Sweeney
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George Clifford Sweeney 282653 Private 219th Battalion; 85th Battalion August 28, 1897 Brazil Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS February 27, 1916 Yarmouth, NS Deerfield, Yarmouth Co., NS 18 5 feet, 7 inches medium light brown blue 29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth (Recruit) Single Farmer Baptist Oscar Sweeney (Father) Deerfield, Yarmouth, NS. May 17, 1918 20 Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France XVIII. B. 19 Commemorated on Page 509 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 27 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th Battalion. George Clifford Sweeney was the son of Oscar and Mabel (Blackadar) Sweeney of Deerfield, Yarmouth Co., NS. He was the brother of Maynard, Percy, and Kate Sweeney. His brother Percy (1898 - 1984) enlisted in Halifax on October 28, 1915 at the age of 17. Private Sweeney embarked Canada at Halifax on October 12, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on October 18, 1916. At Bramshott Camp he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on January 23, 1917 and on November 10, 1917 was taken on strength with the 85th Battalion. He proceeded to France on November 14, 1917 and joined the unit in the field on November 23, 1917. On May 2, 1918 Private Sweeney was wounded in action by a gun shot wound to his right shoulder and was admitted to No 12 Canadian Field Ambulance and transferred to No 26 General Hospital at Etaples on May 5, 1918. He died from wounds on May 17, 1918. His father, Oscar Sweeney, received word a few days prior to May 23, 1918 that his son had been wounded. A second telegram stated that he was seriously ill and a few days later a third telegram advised that George had died from the effects of his wounds. Private Sweeney was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
George Clifford Sweeney (standing); his brother Percy Sweeney (sitting)
Etaples Military Cemetery