Huron Clause's signature

On this day in 1915, Huron Clause enlisted in Niagara, Ontario. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as Deseronto and his date of birth as July 22, 1889. Huron was a Mohawk and was working as a lumberman when he signed up.

On enlisting Huron Clause was described as five feet seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, dark grey eyes and black hair. He joined the 37th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 408046. His service record shows that he arrived in England on August 26th, 1915 and was transferred to the 17th Battalion. He also served in the Canadian Ordnance Corps in 1916 in England. He spent a month in hospital in England in the summer of 1916 with an infected thumb. He was granted permission to marry on December 27th, 1916 and married May Lawrence in London on that day.

In April 1917 Clause was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, serving with them in France from May.  He was diagnosed in October 1917 with trench fever and set back to England to recover. The trench fever left him weak and in pain and only able to walk with a cane.

Huron was sent back to Canada in June 1918 and a medical board at Niagara Camp recommended  that he should be discharged as unfit for service. He was discharged in Toronto on August 8th, 1918 as physically unfit. In 1921 he and May were living in Orillia with their three children: Dorothy, Lily and Robert. Clause died in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on May 19th, 1973.

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