Joseph Laheed Smart signature

Joseph Laheed Smart signed up in Winnipeg on this day in 1916. He was the second member of his family to join the army – his son (Joseph William Smart) had enlisted on December 8th, 1915. Joseph Laheed Smart was born in Tyendinaga on November 12th, 1871 or 1872, the son of David Smart, a Mohawk, and Jerushia/Sonora [?] (who seems to have been born in the United States, of English ancestry). He married Philomène Picard (née Rauney) in Sudbury, Ontario on June 25th, 1893.

Smart joined the 101st Battalion with the regimental number 700618. He was five feet nine and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

Philomène Smart died of womb cancer on January 5th, 1918.