Veteran Stories:
Percy Cunliffe Powys

Army

  • Percy Cunliffe Powys' certificate of discharge from the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Mr. Powys served in France and Belgium with the 37th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. He was discharged on Juanary 18, 1919 at the age of 51.

    Percy Cunliffe Powys' certificate of discharge from the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Mr. Powys served in France and Belgium with the 37th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. He was discharged on Juanary 18, 1919 at the age of 51.
  • Mr. Powys' hand-written request to send a shell home. He fired this shell on August 27, 1917, his 50th birthday and wished to have a brass plate made out of it to commemorate the death of his son at Ypres on June 2, 1916.

    Mr. Powys' hand-written request to send a shell home. He fired this shell on August 27, 1917, his 50th birthday and wished to have a brass plate made out of it to commemorate the death of his son at Ypres on June 2, 1916.
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My uncle – my mother's brother – was keen on agriculture, and went to Guelph University in Ontario. From there, he joined the army during the First World War, and unfortunately went overseas and wasn't there very long before he was 'Missing in Action' at first, of course, and then 'Killed in Action'. His birthday was the 1st of January, and ever since then, after my grandmother and her other daughter came out from Montreal, we all got together on the 1st of January. That was a special evening that we had. A special dinner in honour of this one son who was killed in the First World War, and I always thought of him as being kin to me, more than just being an uncle, because he had an aversion to butter and I do to, so that was always something that was brought up, "Oh, you're just like your uncle." That's about all I know of him, because of course he died much too soon for me to know him at all.

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