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SWEENEY, GEORGE CLIFFORD Regiment: Canadian Infantry; 219th Battalion/85th Battalion Rank: Private Service No: 282653 Date of Birth: September 28, 1897   Place of Birth: Brazil Lake, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Civilian Occupation: Farmer  Married: Single Enlistment Date: March 6, 1916 Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches Enlisted at: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Deerfield, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Civilian Occupation: Farmer Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery CFA, Yarmouth NS Religion: Baptist   Next of Kin: Oscar Sweeny (Father), Deerfield, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Oscar Sweeney received word a few days prior to May 23rd that his son had been wounded.  A second telegram stated that he was seriously ill and a few days later a third telegram advised that George had died from the effects of his wounds. Date of Death: May 17, 1918 Cause of Death: Died of Wounds Battle Died/Wounded: Wounded at Oppy 2/5/1918 Age: 20     Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY  (Pas de Calais,France) Grave Reference: LXVIII. B. 19. Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, and is the largest Commission cemetery in France 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.     Commemorated on Page 509 of the First World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 27 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 219th Battalion.   S
 George Clifford Sweeney 
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