Clarence Maracle's signature

Clarence Maracle signed up in Belleville on this day in 1915. He was born on January 30th, 1896 (he said 1897 when he enlisted) in Shannolville. His parents were Seth Maracle and Catherine (née Leween). There is a four-year-old Clarence living with Seth and Catherine Maracle and younger brother Wesley in the 1901 census in Tyendinaga. The family were Mohawks.

Clarence is described as five feet four and a half inches tall, with dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He joined the 39th Battalion with the regimental number 412270. His service record shows that he joined the 25th Battalion in France in November 1915. He was hospitalized for German measles in 1916 and with influenza followed by broncho-pneumonia and emphysema in 1918 and 1919.

Clarence was invalided home to Canada on May 21st, 1919 and spent time at Queen’s University Hospital in Kingston. He was demobilized in Kingston on July 14th, 1919. He married Nellie Leween on September 22, 1920. He died on December 23rd, 1942 of chronic bronchitis and pneumonia which was determined to be a consequence of his war service.

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