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  Private Irwin Clarence Saulnier   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 219th Battalion/85th Battalion Regimental Number: 283368 Rank: Private Date of Birth: July 2, 1894 Place of Birth: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia Enlistment Date: April 5, 1916 Address at Enlistment: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 Feet 8 Inches Prior Military Experience: Yes Enlisted at: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia   Civilian Occupation: Farmer Martial Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Father) Samuel Clarence Saulnier, Brooklyn, Nova Scotia Irwin Clarence Saulnier enlisted with the 219th Battalion on March 27, 1916 during a recruiting drive.  In England he was with the 17th Reserve Battalion and joined the 85th in France on October 11, 1917. He was wounded at Amiens on August 10, 1918 and died on August 16, 1918. Date of Death: August 16, 1918 (Wounded at Amiens August 10,1918) Age at Death: 24   Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France (Plot: VIA. C. 21.)   Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields. There are now 2,142 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 609 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to five casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to 15 buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found on concentration.   Commemorated on Page  496 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 21 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the  219th Battalion 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 299)  
  Private Irwin Clarence Saulnier
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