Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pte. H. Valentine - 799653

According to his first set of attestation papers, dated April 16, 1915, Henry Guild Valentine was born on May 19, 1883 in Inverkeillor, Scotland.  He listed his mother Betsy Valentine of 15 Lilybank Road, Dundee, Scotland as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a Railroad Engineer and that he had had no previous military experience.  He was 31 years and 11 months of age and 5 feet 11 inches in height.  He had blue eyes with fair hair and complexion.  He was a Presbyterian

According to his second set of attestation papers, dated January 25, 1916, Henry Guild Valentine indicated that he had had 4 months of previous military experience with the 36th Peel.  He was 32 years and 8 months old and was 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had a scar on the back of his left thigh and a red scar on his left forearm near his elbow.  He was a Presbyterian.

He was member of the 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on April 9, 1917.  The War Grave Commission register indicates that he died of wounds while in the care of the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance and is buried in the Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery in Estree-Cauchy, France.

Copy of Henry (misnamed Harry) Valentine's obituary from the Toronto Star May 26, 1917, courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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