CEF Soldier Detail

Gunner Harry Cyril Donovan
Died: January 21, 1959

Regimental Number:
1261331
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Garrison Artillery
Battalion:
8th Siege Battery
Company:
Place of Birth:
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Samuel Donovan (father), 223 Sidney Street, Charlottetown, PEI
Address at Enlistment:
223 Sidney Street, Charlottetown, PEI
Date of Birth:
March 3, 1890
Trade or Calling:
Barber
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Date of Enlistment:
April 18, 1916
Age at enlistment:
26
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
37 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
January 21, 1959
Age at Death:
69
Buried at:
St. Vital Cemetery,Winnipeg, Manitoba
Plot:
RC-0230-0
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
Not Specified
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 2596 - 45
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Gunner Canadian Garrison Artillery 8th Siege Battery
Images
St. Vital Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Harry was born in 1890 in Charlottetown, PEI, the son of Samuel and Martha Donovan. He had two siblings, his younger sisters Victoria and Stella. His parents were both Irish and his father worked as a tobacconist and later as a seaman and watchman.

Harry enlisted with the No. 5 Overseas Siege Battery on 18 April in Charlottetown. The unit was organized in Charlottetown in April 1916 and men were recruited on Prince Edward Island. They embarked from Halifax on 27 September 1916 on the Southland and arrived in England 6 October 1916. There were 9 officers and 132 other ranks.

The unit was redesignated the 8th Canadian Siege Battery,  Canadian Garrison Artillery on 29 January 1917. They were sent to  France on 1 April 1917.

Harry returned to Halifax with his unit in May 1919 on the Mauretania. By 1920 he  had moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and was working as a barber. His sister Victoria (Mrs. Earl Doty) was also living in Winnipeg at the time.

In 1946 Harry was living at 82 Bank with his wife Anna, and still working as a barber. He died in Winnipeg on 21 January 1959, survived by his wife and two daughters. He is buried in St. Vital Cemetery in Winnipeg.