Wesley Maracle signature

On this day in 1916 Wesley Maracle signed up in Belleville. He was born in Tyendinaga on April 8th, 1899, the son of Seth Maracle and Catherine (née Leween), who were both Mohawks.

Maracle joined the 155th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 637075. He was five feet four inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that Wesley arrived in England on October 28th, 1916. He was transferred to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in May 1917.

On October 30th, at the Second Battle of Passchendaele, Wesley Maracle was wounded in the right thigh. He was sent back to England to recover. In the following April, he was hospitalized again with measles and broncho-pneumonia.

Maracle survived the war and returned to Canada on the RMS Olympic in January 1919. He contracted influenza on the voyage and recovered in hospital in Halifax before returning to Kingston to be demobilized on February 18th, 1919.

Wesley married Dina Maracle on February 2nd, 1928 in Gananoque.

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