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Benjamin Lawrence Woundy died of pneumonia caused by Spanish flu on this day in 1918 at Camp Rathbun hospital in Deseronto. He had joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot cadet in Toronto on April 8th, 1918 with the service number 171339. He was five feet seven inches tall and was a bank clerk from Grand Bank, Newfoundland. The Royal Air Force casualty card for Woundy notes that he was admitted to hospital on November 21st.

Immigration records pick up Woundy arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia from Newfoundland in November 1916, giving his occupation as ‘student’. In July 1917 he left Halifax for Havana, Cuba, by which time he was a bank teller. He arrived in Ontario on April 5th, 1918 via New York state.

Benjamin’s parents, James and Elizabeth Woundy, buried him in the Grand Bank United Church Cemetery.

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