CEF Soldier Detail

Private Claude Root

Regimental Number:
802645
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
18th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
London
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Samual James Root, Father, 26 Forward Ave., London, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
26 Forward Ave., London, Ontario
Date of Birth:
February 27, 1896
Trade or Calling:
Cigar Maker
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
London, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
January 10, 1916
Age at enlistment:
19
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 8451 - 25
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 18th Battalion
Private Canadian Infantry 135th Battalion

Note: Attestation papers say born in Canada 

From John Spiers

Claude Root (born 27 February 1898, at 3 Nuttall Street, Haggerston; he died in 1981). He was the son of  Samuel Root and Maria Emma Banks. He married  Emily Ingrey (born Shoreditch, 11898 - died 1960 in Canada). As a schoolboy in east London he was awarded a bronze medal for good conduct and punctual attendance in 1909 by the Walthamstow Education Committee. See photograph of medal from Phil Cramer in Canada, 21 June 2008, e-mail. He removed to Canada, too. On 10 January 1916 he signed the Attestation Paper, no.802645. He gave his address as 26 Forward Avenue, London, Ontario, and his next of kin as his Father Samuel James Root, of that address. Claude was a Cigarmaker. He did not belong to the active militia but had served for 6 months in the 7th Detached Guard. He was 5ft 10 ins tall, with girth when fully expanded of 35 inc., range of expansion 4 ins. His complexion was dark, eyes blue, hair colour brown. He was given as Church of England. Information, Phil Cramer,  21 June 2008. He was gassed in WW1. He lived in London, Ontario for a short while after his wife died, then moved to the veterans hospital [which one???] due to his war service where his lungs were compromised. He died there. He said he fought at Vimy Ridge [regiment?], but this is unconfirmed.  After his wife's death he went into the ministry and became an Anglican Priest, it is said.