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Private Charles Henry Durkee Regimental Number: 283469 Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 219th Battalion (Home Guard) “C” Company Place of Birth: Lake George, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Date of Birth: August 8, 1875   Address at Enlistment: Beaver River, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Married to Ella May Durkee   Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA   Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S Date of Enlistment: April 12, 1916 Age at enlistment: 40   Height:  5 feet 8 inches   Religion: Baptist   Charles   Henry   Durkee   was   the   son   of   the   late   Cyrus   M.   and   Mary   E.   Durkee   and   the husband   of   Ella   May   Durkee.   of   Beaver   River,   N.S.      Charles   had   a   daughter,   Anna   Vivian and   a   son   Private   Forrester   Durkee    who   was   stationed   in   Halifax   at   McNabs   Island   with the    Canadian   Artillery.    Charles    enlisted    in    1916;    however,    due    to    his    age    he    was considered   too   old   to   be   sent   overseas   and   was   stationed   with   the   Canadian   Militia   at Halifax.      On   December   6th   1917,   at   the   time   of   the   Halifax   Explosion,   Charles   was   on duty   at   the   Wellington   Barracks   and   incurred   a   severe   head   injury.      An   operation      was performed   on   March   17th   to   remove   a   splinter   of   bone   from   his   brain.      He   did   not recover from the operation and died the following day. Date of Death: March 18, 1918 Age at Death: 42         Buried at: Port Maitland (Beaver River) Cemetery, Nova Scotia, Canada Plot: L.101. N.B. Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial    
Private Charles Henry Durkee 
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Photo: Courtesy of Kathleen (Durkee) Cann