On this day in 1914, machinist David Austin Powles enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec. He was born in Tyendinaga in 1890, the son of William Powles, a Mohawk, and Jemima (née Pierce), an Englishwoman who died in 1897.

His service record shows that he left Canada on the SS Cassandra on October 4th, 1914. He was reported wounded on April 25th, 1915 (a gunshot wound to the thigh) and spent time in hospital in England. He was sent home to Canada in September 1915 and was discharged in Quebec on September 22nd. The reason given for his discharge was a ‘cable from Ottawa.’ The cable is not included in his service file.

On April 25th, 1935, Powles married Edna Alice Madill (née Rinneard), a widow, in Oshawa. He died on December 14th, 1957 and is buried in Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery, Toronto. Edna died in 1984.

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