Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

General information

Roman Catholic

Army information

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

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Van Meulen, 's Graventafel, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

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, a Métis descendant, from mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, was never seen again.

Files 10

Newspaper Article

Kitchener Waterloo Record article 2015

Newspaper Article

Kitchener Waterloo Record article 2017

Newspaper Article

Kitchener Waterloo Record article 2020


Sources 5

McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account. (Londen: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 137-139.
Sources used
Personnel Records of the First World War (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC) RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2779 - 21).
Sources used
War diaries: 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4915, Microfilm reel number: T-10707, File number: 360).
Sources used
War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG 150, 1992-93/314; Volume Number: 174).
Sources used
War Graves Registry: Commonwealth War Graves (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC): RG150, 1992-1993/314, Box 39-244; Box: 65).
Sources used