Harry Corby signature

On this day in 1916, Harry Corby signed up in Deseronto. He was born in Deseronto on March 18th, 1898, the son of Louis Corby (a Mohawk born in Kahnewake) and Elizabeth (née Green), who was a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte.

Corby joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636584. He was five feet seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record notes that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 on the SS Northland. He joined the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in France on December 6th of that year.

On May 24th, 1917 Harry was sentenced to one day of Field Punishment Number One and had a two-day pay stoppage for “losing by neglect his forage cap” on May 17th:

Harry Corby forage cap loss

Harry returned to England on January 28th, 1919 and left for Canada on March  19th. He was demobilized in Montreal on March 29th, 1919 and was back in Deseronto in 1921, living with his mother in Fourth Street. He married Jemima Brant in Northport, Prince Edward County on August 25th, 1923.

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