CEF Soldier Detail

Private Sampson Comego
Died: November 10, 1915

Regimental Number:
59192
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
21st Battalion
Company:
B Company
Place of Birth:
Alderville, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
None given
Address at Enlistment:
Alderville Ontario
Date of Birth:
January 1, 1866
Trade or Calling:
Musician
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Alderville, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 6, 1914
Age at enlistment:
49
Height:
6 Feet 2 Inches
Chest:
49 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Wesleyan
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
in line at La Clytte
Date of Death:
November 10, 1915
Age at Death:
50
Buried at:
Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium
Plot:
I. O. 5.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Native American
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
21st Battalion Nominal Roll
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 21st Battalion B Company
Private Canadian Infantry 21st Battalion A Company
Sergeant Canadian Infantry 21st Battalion A Company
Images
Sgt Sampson Comego from a group picture of 21st Btn Snipers
Grave of Sampson Comego Ridgewood Military Cemetery Heuvelland Belgium

Older brother of Peter Comego (Service No. 59191)

Comego was chief of Alderville Reserve." At the turn of the century, he did much to promote the cultural life of the community, organizing a brass band". - History of the Rice Lake Reserves. www.ricelake.ws/page29.html

"Came to Kingston with Ltn Wolfrain as a volunteer from Alderville with his band of Indian braves"  KDS 4 Nov 1914,

He was on the cooking staff of the 21st originally, but soon got into sniping.

Letter about his death published in Cobourg World and Cobourg Sentinal Star 3 Dec 1915.

McBride in "A Rifleman Went to War" recounts his death

"Sam was at the right end of the bay and that as where the missile (rifle grenade known as a yelper) fell. Some of the others received inconsequential scratches on legs (those wrap puttees are great protection) but Sam was evidently hit hard. He grasped his belly -- he was a big fat fellow-- and grunted: "Guess they got me",  sat down on an ammunition box and died almost instantly."

More information on Comego go to http://21st-battalion-2.tripod.com/page1.html