Eldon Roy Wagar signature

Eldon Roy Wagar, a chauffeur, signed up in Montreal on this day in 1916. He was born in Napanee on October 11th, 1896, the son of Sampson Wagar and Mary (née Asselstine). The family were living in Richmond Township, close to Deseronto, in 1901 and 1911 and Eldon attended the Deseronto High School.

Eldon joined the 4th Canadian Divisional Train with the regimental number 515348. Divisional Trains were units responsible for transporting baggage and supplies for an infantry brigade. Wagar was described as five feet nine and a half inches tall, with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His service record shows that he went overseas on June 28th, 1916 on the SS Olympic. He served in England until July 1918, with three hospital admissions in that time, for a goitre, boils and influenza. In July 1918 he went to France but returned to England in December 1918, suffering from a second bout of influenza.

Eldon married Ena Mabel Higgins in Kings Norton, England on January 12th, 1919. He left England on the SS Adriatic on September 3rd and was demobilized in Halifax on September 14th, 1919.  He died in Ontario in 1948.

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