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Private Caleb Goodwin   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 237th Battalion/97th Battalion RCR Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Number: 1033147 Rank: Private Date of Birth: November 17, 1890 Place of Birth: Pubnico Head, Nova Scotia   Place of Enlistment: Digby, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: July 19, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Digby, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Pubnico Head, Nova Scotia, Canada Age at Enlistment: 25 Height: 6 feet, 1 inch Trade: Carpenter and Fisherman Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist  Next of Kin: (Mother) Rebecca Goodman, Pubnico Head, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Caleb was the son of Melvin J. and Rebecca Goodwin, of Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia.  He went overseas with the  237th Canadian Infantry Battalion and served in the 97th Battalion before joined the P.P.C.L.I. in the field on January 19, 1917.  He was wounded on October 30, 1917.  On September 28th, 1918, Caleb was part of an attack on the village of Tilloy.  He was killed by a shell that badly wounded his NCO Corporal McGovern.  He was buried where he fell. In February of 1918, Caleb wrote the following to his sister:   Date of Death: September 28, 1918 Age at Death: 27 Cemetery: Crest Cemetery, France Plot: B. 15. Fontaine-Notre Dame is a village approximately 3 kilometres south- west of Cambrai.  The village of Fontaine-Notre Dame was captured for a short time on 21 November 1917 by the 51st (Highland) Division, and again by the Guards Division on 27 November, but it then remained in German hands until the 3rd and 4th Canadian and 57th Divisions retook it on 27 September 1918. Crest Cemetery contains 88 First World War burials, all but one of them Canadian. All date from 27 September to 7 October 1918. Medals of Caleb Goodwin Commemorated on Page 416 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 7 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument Commemorated on the Bronze Tablet in the Pubnico-Argyle United Baptist Church 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 188-190)  
   Caleb Goodwin 
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France February 28, 1918 Dear Sister Received your letter today and was very glad to hear from home.  I also received the box a while ago. You can send one real often as they come in Handy out here. Some time last summer I received two parcels from the Pubnico Red Cross Society.  Tell the ladies I thank them very much as the things are much appreciated. I hope God will spare me this year as He did last and hope by next fall I will be back. Tell mother not to worry about me.  If I die in this country I will die happy and prepare to meet me in the land where there is no pain nor sorrow. I will close with love to all Good-bye and God bless you.  Caleb Goodwin B.E.F. France