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Private William Albert Gayton Regimental Number: 470539   Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) Battalion: 2nd Battalion Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Birth: July 17, 1897 Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S. Trade: Bank Clerk (Bank of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Branch) Marital Status: Single   Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: September 24, 1915 Age at enlistment: 18 Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Religion: Baptist   After enlisting, William Gayton trained at Sussex, was wounded in November 1916 and in February 1917 recovered from pneumonia. March 21, 1918 was the opening day of the German Spring Offensive. The 2nd Battalion’s Lewis gunners defended the lines and inflicted heavy casualties and disorganization among the German forces.  That day the Battalion lost 10 killed.  Two others died of wounds and 29 other ranks and an officer were wounded. Four other ranks were listed as missing. The defence of Hill 70 became well-known throughout the 1st Division.  William Albert Gayton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Gayton, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.    Date of Death: March 21, 1918 Age at Death: 21 Buried at: Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France Plot: II. C. 21.      Aix-Noulette is a village in the Department of the Pas- de-Calais, about 13 kilometres south of Bethune on the main road to Arras. There are 749 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war commemorated here, 61 being unidentified.  Commemorated on Page 413 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
Private William Albert Gayton
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