On this day in 1916, Jake Green signed up in Midland, Ontario, where he had been working in a sawmill. He was born in Deseronto on March 8th, 1888, the son of Alexander Green and Catherine (née Maracle), who were both Mohawks. He married Caroline Brant in Prince Edward County on December 29th, 1908.
Jake enlisted in the 157th Battalion with the regimental number 644773. He had formerly served in the Picton Regiment. He was five feet three and three quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, black eyes and black hair.
Green’s service record at Library and Archives Canada shows that he was transferred to the 71st Battery and spent several weeks at the Base Hospital in Toronto in October and November 1916 undergoing treatment for gonorrhea. He did not return to duty after leaving the hospital and was struck off strength as a deserter on December 4th, 1916.
Jake made a will while he was in the army, leaving his property to his older sister, Emma Maracle, in the event of his death.
It’s not clear where Jake went after leaving the army.