Private Claude Root

Regimental Number:
802645
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
18th Battalion
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
January 10, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
19
Enlisted at:
London, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
26 Forward Ave., London, Ontario
Civilian Occupation:
Cigar Maker
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Burial:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
February 27, 1896
Next of Kin:
Samual James Root, Father, 26 Forward Ave., London, Ontario
Place of Birth:
London
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Church of England
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 1Box 8451 - 25
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
135th Battalion
Private
Canadian Infantry
18th Battalion
Awards and Decorations
Notes

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.

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