Harold Podger signature

On this day in 1915, Harold Podger enlisted in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was born in Deseronto on December 3rd, 1891, the son of Robert Podger and Almeda Irwin. The family were still in Deseronto at the time of the 1901 census, but had moved away by 1911, at which time Robert was working at a foundry in Oshawa.

Podger joined the 113th Battalion with the regimental number 736158. He was described as five feet ten inches tall, with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.

Harold was gassed while overseas and the family story is that he met his future wife while recovering in hospital in London. He married Florence Edith Oakley in London on March 30th, 1918. The couple moved to the US in April 1920 and lived in Flint, Michigan and Syracuse, New York. Podger died in Syracuse in June 1942.