Mrs. M. J. Chamberlain, mother, of 480 24th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
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5 Feet 8 Inches
NAC Reference: ^1Box 1Box 1605-9
3rd Reinforcing Draft
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
2nd Machine Gun Company
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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.'