Joseph Amos Green signatureOn this day in 1915, Joseph Amos Green enlisted in Toronto. His mother was Margaret Green, a Mohawk, and in 1891 he was living with her in Deseronto, aged seven. By the time of the 1911 census he was married (to another Margaret) and living in Gananoque, working as a sailor. His mother died in 1912 in Brant Street, Deseronto. By the time Amos Green enlisted, he and his wife had two children, Margaret and Mary.

When he enlisted, Green was five feet eight and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, light brown eyes and black hair. He joined the 83rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 171101. His occupation was tent maker and he was living at 87 Wilton Avenue in Toronto.

Green’s service record shows that he sailed from Montreal on the SS Corsican on September 25th, 1915, arriving in England on October 5th. He was later transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion and the 26th Battalion.

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