CEF Soldier Detail

Private Percy Chamberlain/Cove
Died: September 13, 1916

Regimental Number:
428151
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Battalion:
2nd Machine Gun Company
Company:
Place of Birth:
Ottawa, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Mrs. M. J. Chamberlain, mother, of 480 24th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
December 7, 1884
Trade or Calling:
Professional Boxer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
New Westminster, British Columbia
Date of Enlistment:
March 16, 1915
Age at enlistment:
30
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
36 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
3 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
September 13, 1916
Age at Death:
31
Buried at:
Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
I. N. 18.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1605-9
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Prior service with 6th Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles. Percy Cove was an alias for Percy Chamberlain, his real name. Cove / Chamberlain was born into a prominent eastern Canadian family who did not approve of his boxing. So, he took on his mother's maiden name of Percy Cove, which is the name he boxed under. He boxed professionally for 12 years in the US and Canada, including New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Seattle, Philadelphia, Delaware and others, against some big names of the era including Attell and Britton, amongst others. He was managed by Charles Simmons and Jack Sullivan and trained by Curley Smith. He was the Canadian Boxing Federation Lightweight Champion in 1909 and was once the US Pacific Coast Champion (in 1913). Having been in nearly 200 professional bouts, he then in 1915 at 30 years of age, came to Vancouver, British Columbia to enlist to fight in World War 1.

CEF Burial Registers - 'Died of Wounds - at No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance.'