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 Private Henry William Powers     Date of Birth: January 19, 1894 Place of Birth: Plymouth, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia   Force: Army Unit: Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) Division: 219th Battalion; 85th Battalion Regimental number: 282947 Additional Information:   Henry William Powers, the son of Charles W Powers Plymouth, Nova Scotia enlisted in the 219th Battalion on March 20, 1916 and after several months of training crossed to England where he transferred on June 7, 1917 to the 85th Battalion.  Henry was assigned to the Tumpline section of the battalion with the chief duty to supply rations and ammunition to the men in the front line.  This work was usually assigned to the most reliable men and those who had already served in the front lines.  Henry was on duty with a ration party when he was hit by shrapnel on the night of February 4, 1918.   At the time he was one of the battalion’s original tumpliners. He was taken to the Battalion dressing station and from there through the casualty clearing station to No 46 Canadian Stationary Hospital where he died from his wounds on February 24, 1918.   Commemorated on Page 487 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY; Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference: XXXI. G. 27. 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. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified. Etaples Military Cemetery also contains 662 Non Commonwealth burials, mainly German, including 6 unidentified
Private Henry William Powers 
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