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On this day in 1916 Hughie Norval Powless, a carpenter, signed up in Hamilton. He was born in Tyendinaga on January 5th, 1896, the son of John Powless and Margaret (née Brant). In 1911 he was living at the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford. He married Lulu Ethel English shortly after enlisting, on March 9th, 1916 in Hamilton.

Powless joined the 173rd Battalion with the regimental number 690315. He was described as five feet five and three quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair.

Hughie survived the war and went on to serve in World War II. You can read more about him in this blog post by Bob Richardson. He died in Pomona, California in 1978.

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