Private Percy Chamberlain/Cove

Regimental Number:
428151
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Battalion:
2nd Machine Gun Company
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
March 16, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
30
Enlisted at:
New Westminster, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
Civilian Occupation:
Professional Boxer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
September 13, 1916
Age at Death:
31
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded:
Burial:
Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
I. N. 18.
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
December 7, 1884
Next of Kin:
Mrs. M. J. Chamberlain, mother, of 480 24th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
Place of Birth:
Ottawa, Ontario
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
36.5 Inches
Expansion:
3.5 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 1Box 1605-9
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
47th Battalion
3rd Reinforcing Draft
Private
Canadian Machine Gun Corps
2nd Machine Gun Company
Awards and Decorations
Notes
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.'
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