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Clarence Everett Rice
Clarence Everett Rice
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Date of Birth:
April 27, 1899
Place of Birth:
Lequille, Annapolis Co., NS
Date of Enlistment:
October 29, 1940
Age at Enlistment:
Place of Enlistment:
Address at Enlistment:
Height: 5 feet 7 1/2 inches
Line Foreman (lineman)
Church of England
Next of Kin:
Pearl Marie Rice (Wife) Yarmouth, NS
Date of Death:
March 19, 1945
Age at Death:
Woodlawn Cemetery, Annapolis Royal, NS
Commemorated on Page 558 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance
Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 22
Clarence Everett Rice was the son of George (1877-1952) and Jennie May (Dunn) Rice (1879-1925),
of Annapolis Royal and husband of Pearl Marie (Nardin) Rice. They had three sons, Harold, George Everett
and Clarence Everett Rice, Jr. (1941-2018). One of their sons served in the Army. They had three
daughters: Ruby (married name Goodwin), Constance Reta (married name Doucette) and Joyce May.
He spent six months learning the barbering trade, twelve years as a switchboard operator and later
line-man with the Maritime Tel & Tel Co., and two and a half years (1923-1925) as a line-man with the
New England Telephone Co. in Massachusetts. He returned to Canada because of his mother’s death. He
then worked with the Associated Gas and Electric Company, and later the Nova Scotia Light and Power
Company as a line-man and later as a foreman for a line crew (1925-1940).
He married Pearl Nardin (born circa 1902 according to the marriage record) at the Holy Trinity
Church in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on Nov 27, 1927. Pearl and her parents, Alphonse Nardin and Elizabeth
(Goldie) Nordin, born in France were residents of Yarmouth, NS.
The enlistment records of Lance Corporal Rice indicate he “impresses with being capable and
dependable”. After enlistment He trained and served with the Corps of Signals in Halifax, Nova Scotia
and qualified as a line-man with the Corps of Signals on March 1, 1941. He was attached to the No. 6
Company, Atlantic Command, Corps of Signals and served at No. 2 Operational and Maintenance Section,
with the Shelburne Defences in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
While serving, Clarence was admitted to the Shelburne Military Hospital February 2, 1942 with third
degree burns (cause unknown) and discharged on February 5, 1942. He was promoted to Lance Corporal
in July 1942.
He had to be re-admitted to the same hospital at the end of September,1942 with influenza, and
was discharged October 1, 1942.
He was discharged as medically unfit on
August 18, 1944, due to ongoing medical issues
with plans to return to work in Shelburne. His pre-
discharge record indicates he was, “a mature man
of steady sensible manner and a good record. His
civil and Army employment was in the
communication field as line-man. His record
indicates he was a skilled worker of steady
industrial habits and had the opportunity to obtain
employment with the Town of Shelburne power
agency after discharge. He had the experience,
skill and temperament to take over the operation
and supervision of this power plant or similar
Eight months later he was hospitalized at
Camp Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with meningitis
and other medical issues and died on March 19,
1945. His death was determined to be related to,
or aggravated “due to service”.
Clarence’s wife Pearl died April 25, 1989
Brazil Lake, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Of note, Clarence and Pearl’s daughter,
Constance was employed at Harris’ Quick-N-Tasty
seafood diner restaurant in Dayton, Yarmouth
County, NS during her working years.