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John Donohoe Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 40th Battalion/25th Battalion Regimental Number: 415840 Rank: Private Date of Birth: May 21, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: August 15, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Aldershot, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches Trade: Labourer (employed with Cosmos Cotton Mill) Marital Status: Married in England (after enlistment)  Religion: Baptist (Attestation paper) Next of Kin: (Mother) Mrs Liddie Donohue, Water St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia       John Donohoe was the only son of William and Lydia Donohue, of Yarmouth.  He enlisted with the 40th Battalion and was drafted to the 25th Battalion.  He served in both Belgium and France and was in all the early great battles of the Somme.  He survived those battles without serious injury despite being buried on three occasions from shell fire; however, he did suffer from shell-shock.  He was gassed, the effects of which gradually developed into a slow and fatal case of tuberculosis. He was  hospitalized in England at the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, S.W. in May 1916. His health in ruins, he was discharged from the army in February 1917 and arrived home in Yarmouth.  He was accompanied by his bride, an English girl, formerly Mary E. Kemp of Coventry.  They were married in Montreal in January, 1917. His military funeral took place at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Yarmouth. Date of Death: September 15, 1918 Age at Death: 23 Cause of Death: Died of tuberculosis in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. Cemetery: Our Lady of Calvary R. C. Cemetery, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Plot: L. 119.   Commemorated on Page 399 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 28 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion. Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 136-137)
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