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 Lieutenant Gilbert Franklin Cann   Regimental Number: 222814   Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 85th Overseas Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders Place of Birth: South Ohio, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: South Ohio, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Date of Birth: December 5, 1895 Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Married Prior Military Experience: Sergeant, 29th Field Battalion, Yarmouth NS. Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: October 28, 1915 Age at enlistment: 20 Height: 5 Feet 9 1/2 Inches Chest: 38 Inches   Religion: Baptist       Cause of Death: Died of Wounds  (wounded at Lens January 14, 1918) Date of Death: January 16, 1918 Age at Death: 23 Buried at: Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, France Plot: III. A. 7. The cemetery contains 358 First World War burials, 145 of which belonged, or were attached, to Artillery units. There are also four Second World War burials, all dating from the British Expeditionary Force's period in France during the early months of the war before the German invasion. Next of Kin: Son of Jessie and Matilda Cann, South Ohio, Yarmouth   County; husband of Matilda Patten Cann, of South Ohio, Nova Scotia. His sister, Jessie, was a Red cross Nurse at the front and who had been in Red Cross work in Salonika and on the Italian front. Commemorated on Page 380 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 85th Battalion as a Sergeant. Gilbert Cann enlisted on October 28, 1915 with the 85th Battalion in Halifax but trained at the Exhibition Grounds, Yarmouth N.S. the winter of 1915- 1916 with the 219th Battalion.  He was made a Sergeant and held several recruiting meetings in various parts of Yarmouth County.  He left Yarmouth for Halifax on April 3 after successful recruitment drives.  Once overseas he reverted to the ranks and went to France as a Private. He was reinstated as a Sergeant and was returned to England to take the course for a Lieutenancy.  Lieutenant Gilbert Franklin Cann “He was one of the best cadets of about twenty-five in the class and made a first class officer” (Captain Harvey Crowell).
 Lieutenant Gilbert Franklin Cann 
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