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 Vernell Spates   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 219th Battalion/42nd Battalion Regimental Number: 282651 Date of Birth: November 14, 1897 Place of Birth: Brooklyn, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Trade: Fireman Marital Status: Single     Date of Enlistment: March 13, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Pleasant Lake, Nova Scotia Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery CFA (Yarmouth Nova Scotia) Age at enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 3 Inches   Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Nelson Spates (Father), Pleasant Lake, Nova Scotia   Wounded: April 9, 1917 (Vimy Ridge) Date of Death: April 11, 1917 Age at Death: 19 Buried at: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France Plot: III. A. 4.   Lapugnoy is a village 6 kilometres west of Bethune. The first burials were made in Plot I of the cemetery in September 1915, but it was most heavily used during the Battle of Arras, which began in April 1917. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery contains 1,324 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 being unidentified.  Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th Battalion Commemorated on Page 330 of the First World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 18
Private Vernell Spates
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Private Vernon Spates 85th Battalion Aged 19 Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia April 9, 1917 “... In the action of Easter Monday, April 9, - a day on which many a Canadian hero made the supreme sacrifice - he was wounded in the foot and thigh just as he reached the German front line.  Our boys were having a mix-up with the Germans and one of their hand bombs burst quite near your son inflicting the fatal wounds. One of the company stretcher bearers immediately dressed his wounds and shortly after he was carried to the rear. Even then they hoped for the best, but in vain, for on returning from the trenches two days later it was to learn he had died from his wounds ...” R. Willcock, Lieutenant O.C. “C” Company 42nd Battalion