Veterans of WWI (A-C)

Many brave men and women from Cornwall took up the call to service during the two World Wars.  A book called Cornwall's Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918) written by Elizabeth Wilson contains the list of names of those from Cornwall who served in the First World War.  The following information has been taken directly from her book.  Thank you to Elizabeth for contributing this information.  (The information noted with the * has been added for the purposes of this particular project)

 

Private Walter McDonald Archibald
Born Mar. 20, 1880
Cornwall

Walter Archibald worked in western Canada as a railway construction superintendent before he enlisted. He had already gained some military experience by joining the 34th Fort Garry Horse Militia. Private Archibald volunteered for service in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 28, 1915. He was thirty-five (35) years old. He enlisted with the 5th Field Artillery Brigade – service # 86136. The following information is in his Military Attestation Records: height - 5’ 6”, weight 127 pounds, black eyes and brown hair. At the time he enlisted, Walter Archibald was married to Roberta Jean (Drake) Archibald.

*His attestation papers can be viewed by clicking here

 

John Wesley Bell
Born June 26, 1893
York Point
Parents: Arthur R. Bell

John Bell may have been living in Charlottetown when he enlisted. He worked as a clerk. He was active in the Militia and served with the 28th Regiment. He volunteered with the 24th Battalion on January 18, 1915 at the age of twenty-one (21). He enlisted in Montreal, Quebec – service # 65063. He was 5’ 8½” tall with grey eyes and brown hair. When John W. Bell joined the military, the Royal Air Corps was in its infancy. The only way to transfer into the Corps was through the army. John Wesley served with the Royal Air Corps (Royal Air Force). Following the war, he married Helen White and settled in York Point. He and Helen had three children:  John, Margaret, and Richard.

*His attestation papers can be viewed by clicking here

 

Private John Boyce
Born Jan. 5, 1898
Cornwall
Parents: James Boyce

John Boyce grew up in a small white-frame house on the West River Road. He worked as a labourer when he enlisted and was active in the 82nd Regiment Militia. He volunteered with the 105th Overseas Battalion in Charlottetown on November 11, 1915. He was seventeen (17). His service number was 712035. John Boyce was 5’ 7 ½” tall with blue eyes and red hair. John Boyce did not stay in Prince Edward Island after the war. He moved to British Columbia. He died in Burnaby, B.C. in 1952.

*His attestation papers can be viewed by clicking here

 

Parvin Patrick Cass
Born Feb. 27, 1897
North River
Parents: Mrs. Mary Cass

Parvin Cass grew up on his mother’s farm on the South Wiltshire Road. One of eight children, his siblings were Austin, Francis, John, George, Evelyn, Fred, and Theresa. Parvin Cass signed up in Charlottetown on August 12, 1917 at the age twenty (20). He enlisted with the 1st Depot Battalion N.S. Regiment. His service number was 3201551. He was single when he joined the service and records indicate he had brown eyes and dark brown hair.

*His attestation papers can be viewed by clicking here

 

Thomas Austin Cass
Born October 8, 1898
North River
Parents: Mrs. Mary Cass

Brother to Parvin Cass, Austin Cass volunteered with the 105th Overseas Battalion in Charlottetown. He enlisted on February 1, 1917 at eighteen (18) years of age. His service number was 2060346. Prior to enlisting, he was active in the 82nd Regiment militia and served with the Cadet Corps at Queens Square School. Thomas was 5’ 6”. He had brown hair and brown eyes.

*His attestation papers can be viewed by clicking here

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