Information about birth

Date of birth:
16/07/1899
Place of birth:
ON, Simcoe County, Penetanguishene, Canada

General information

last known residence:
ON, Penetanguishene, Canada
Profession:
Labourer
Religion:
Roman Catholic

Army information

Country:
Canada
Force:
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
644704
Enlistment place:
ON, Penetanguishene, Canada
Units:
 —  Canadian Infantry, 4th Bn. (Central Ontario)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
07/11/1917
Place of death:
Van Meulen, 's Graventafel, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
18

Memorial

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

Additional information

On November 6th 1917, the 4th Battalion (Central Ontario) participated in the attack on Passchendaele. A day later they are relieved under the cover of darkness.

The men shuffled in silence along narrow plank roads to the rear. It was difficult for them to pass each other. The men jostled along the narrow paths, which regularly came under fire. It was chaos. Anyone who fell off the path was unlikely to get back onto it, since the men lacked the strength to pull themselves out of the sucking mud. Dulled by exhaustion and the constant presence of death, their comrades were apathetic as they watched men drown. Just one thought dominated: get away from here.

One of the young men who disappeared into the mud was George Dusome of Penetanguishene, Ontario, who had only recently turned eighteen. He had lied about his age so that he could join up. At ’s Gravenstafel he fell out of the line. George was never seen again.

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