On this day in 1915, Joseph William Smart enlisted in Brandon, Manitoba. He was born on September 4th, 1899 in Chelmsford, Ontario, son of Joseph Laheed Smart (whose father was a Mohawk) and Philomène (née Rauney[?]).

Smart joined the 101st Battalion with the regimental number 700161. He was described as five feet seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he left Canada on the SS Olympic on June 28th, 1916. He was transferred to the 43rd Battalion in France in October 1916. On June 30th, 1917 Smart suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder and was sent to England to recover. He rejoined the 43rd Battalion in November, but in December it was discovered that he was under age (18) and he was sent back to England. On February 23rd, 1918 Smart returned to Canada. He was discharged from the army in Toronto on April 26th, 1918 as physically unfit due to his age and due to continuing weakness in his wounded shoulder.

Information supplied by members of Ancestry suggests that Joseph married Phoebe Harly, had several children with her and that he died in Sudbury in 1992.

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