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John Deafortsagamohock   No. 282675 219th Highland Battalion NS Date of Birth: March 25, 1892 Place of Birth: Saratoga, MB Date of Enlistment: March 11, 1916 Age: 25 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS     Trade: Cowboy Next of Kin: Harris (Mother), Winnipeg, MB Previous Military Experience: 29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth NS Sharpshooter, Scout with the Texas Rangers Based in Aldershot, NS, the 219th Battalion began recruiting in early 1916 as part of a four-battalion "Nova Scotia Highland Brigade". The 219th recruited personnel from the counties of Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings. After sailing from Halifax on October 13, 1916, to England on RMS Olympic, the 219th Battalion was based at Witley Camp and later relocated to Bramshott. The battalion was absorbed into the 17th Reserve Battalion on January 23, 1917, although a number of men were transferred to the 85th around the same time. The 219th (Highland) Battalion, CEF, had one Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Muirhead.
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