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 Driver Horace McLaughlin     Regiment: Canadian Field Artillery Battalion: 2nd Brigade; 6th Battery Regimental Number: 41179 Rank: Driver Canadian Field Artillery; 2nd Brigade Date of Birth: June 2, 1887 Place of Birth: Shelburne, N.S. Date of Enlistment: January 26, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Address at Enlistment: Age at Enlistment: 28 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Prior Military Experience: 8 years CFA Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single   Religion: Presbyterian Next of Kin: (Mother) Mrs. Louisa McLaughlin; Brooklyn, Yarmouth Co., N.S.   Horace was the son of James and Louisa McLaughlin, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  He was one of the first from Yarmouth to enlist and went overseas with the first contingent as a driver of a team in an ammunition column.  During his time at the front he was engaged with the transport service conveying supplies to the front line trenches. On two different occasions he suffered slight wounds.  He was admitted to the Etaples Hospital, France and died after a short illness with diabetes.  His nickname was “Mister Man” and he was often mentioned in letters from the front. Date of Death: August 5, 1918 Age at Death: 31 Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Plot: LXVIII. F. 28.) Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne.  During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified.   Commemorated on Page 461 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 1 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 (p 239)  
  Driver Horace McLaughlin
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Horace McLaughlin (right) with a friend