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Percy’s rank was Gunner, the artillery equivalent of Private. As such he earned $1 a day in the service of His Majesty; on going overseas ten cents would be added to the daily wage. Soldiers who were responsible for a wife or whose mother had no other support were entitled to a separation allowance of $20. Percy did not qualify.

Also attested on the same day was Percy’s pal Bert Livermore, Albert to his parents. Older by Percy by four years, Bert came from the countryside outside Clinton, Ontario, but was living in Toronto and working as a railway engineer. Like Percy, he was single; unlike Percy, he had no military experience to enter on his attestation papers. And unlike Percy, he was a Methodist, not Church of England.

After assigning two-thirds of his pay to his brother Ted, Percy went off with Bert to train. But first, he had his formal portrait taken.

 Copyright 2016. See “About this project.”

 

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