Harold Clement Gracey signature

Harold Clement Gracey, a bank clerk, signed up in Kingston on this day in 1917. He was born in Deseronto on April 4th, 1891, the son of Albert Gracey and Mehetable (née Clement). At the time of the 1911 census he was working in Peterborough.

Gracey joined the 73rd Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery with the regimental number 344090. His attestation form notes “Enlisted under Military Service Act. Reg. No. 918385 P. C.”. He was five feet eight inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His service record shows that Gracey left Canada for England on February 22nd, 1918 on the SS Metagama. He served in England with the Reserve Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery and in September 1918 was transferred to the 9th Brigade in France, where he stayed until February 1919. Between February and April 1919 he was treated in hospital in England for inflamed connective tissue of the right hand.

Harold left England for Canada on May 11th, 1919 on the SS Saturnia and was demobilized in Kingston on May 23rd. He married Norrine Victoria Schoales in Toronto on April 24th, 1929. He died in Goderich on July 11th, 1971.