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On this day in 1916, David John Powless, a woodworker, enlisted in Toronto. He was born in Prince Edward County on January 5th, 1869, the son of Jacob Powless and Nancy (née Zachariah), who were Mohawks. His first wife was Louisa Maracle, who died on February 15th, 1907 of influenza in Deseronto. He married Rose Hannah Mepham (née Hawkins) in Toronto on October 28th, 1910. Powless had five surviving children from his first marriage, Rose had one and they had three more children between 1911 and 1915. David’s two eldest sons, Charles David Powless and Harold Dean Powless had enlisted in August 1915.

David joined the 134th Battalion with the regimental number 799365. He was five feet eight and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and black hair.