Allen Asselstine signature

On this day in 1916, Allen Asselstine signed up in Deseronto. He was born on May 24th, 1869 in Roblin, Ontario, the son of Henry Asselstine and Louisa (née Windover). He claimed to have been born in 1880. He had been married three times by the time he joined up. Firstly to Annie Godfrey in 1894, then to Ella Walker in 1899 and to Nellie Arthurs on November 25, 1915.

Asselstine joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636336. He was described as five feet eleven and a half inches, with a dark complexion, black eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he served in Canada for two years (having deserted at one point) and was discharged on June 24th, 1918 because he was over age.

Allen survived the war and got married again on July 23rd, 1921 to Martha Elliot in Belleville. He died on December 14th, 1955 and was buried in Belleville.