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Clarence Bernard Saunders   Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment) Regimental Number: 67342 Battalion: 25th Battalion Rank: Private Date of Birth: March 28, 1880 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia   Date of Enlistment: November 13, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 34 Height: 5 Feet 6 1/2 Inches  Prior Military Experience: 3rd Special Batt. Halifax Trade: Foundry Carpenter Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: (Mother) Mrs William N Saunders, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia         Clarence was the son of William and Charlotte Saunders. While his attestation paper at enlistment indicates his martial status as single, other military records show him as the husband of Ella M. Saunders, of Dayton, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia.                                    War diary of the 25th Battalion July 30, 1916 Date of Death: August 1, 1916 Cause of Death: Wounded in battle July 30, 1916  Age at Death: 36 Cemetery: Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot: VII. D. 15.)   Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D'Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 24 being unidentified. There are 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German, 11 of these are unidentified. Commemorated on Page  159 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 11 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 25th Battalion. Sources: War Diary Information/photo 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 Clarence Bernard Saunders
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Attestation Paper (click to enlarge)