Source: Per post at 18th Battalion Facebook Group.
Possibly an Anglican Reverend
WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 28 OCTOBER 1971
EMMA NEWELL, 93
Rev. Claude Root, of Trinity Anglican Church officiated at the funeral service of Miss Emma Newell, former Watford resident, at the Harper Funeral Home, on Monday afternoon. Miss Newell died last Saturday at the New Pioneer Nursing Home, Sarnia, and is survived by a brother Isaac, of Pt. Edward, as well as several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. James Cemetery, Brooke Twsp. Pallbearers included Ivan King, Ken Sifton, Harold Greer, Norman Wilson, Leander Foster and Clifford Lucas.
WATFORD GUIDE ADVOCATE 20 MARCH 1975
LEANDER GORDON FOSTER
Leander Gordon Foster passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 20, 1975, in his 80th year, in Strathroy Middlesex Hospital. He was the husband of Mabel Logan and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Currie McVicar (Doris) and three grandchildren, as well as four great grandchildren. The funeral service was held at the Harper Funeral Home on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. with interment in St. James Cemetery, Brooke township. The following people served as pallbearers: Clayton Davidson, Winston Sifton, Clare Patterson, Clare Cran, Melvin Squires, Ross Saunders. Rev. Root officiated for the service.
From John Spiers
Claude Root (born 27 February 1898, at 3 Nuttall Street, Haggerston; he died in 1981). He was the son of Samuel Root and Maria Emma Banks. He married Emily Ingrey (born Shoreditch, 11898 – died 1960 in Canada). As a schoolboy in east London he was awarded a bronze medal for good conduct and punctual attendance in 1909 by the Walthamstow Education Committee. See photograph of medal from Phil Cramer in Canada, 21 June 2008, e-mail. He removed to Canada, too. On 10 January 1916 he signed the Attestation Paper, no.802645. He gave his address as 26 Forward Avenue, London, Ontario, and his next of kin as his Father Samuel James Root, of that address. Claude was a Cigarmaker. He did not belong to the active militia but had served for 6 months in the 7th Detached Guard. He was 5ft 10 ins tall, with girth when fully expanded of 35 inc., range of expansion 4 ins. His complexion was dark, eyes blue, hair colour brown. He was given as Church of England. Information, Phil Cramer, 21 June 2008. He was gassed in WW1. He lived in London, Ontario for a short while after his wife died, then moved to the veterans hospital [which one???] due to his war service where his lungs were compromised. He died there. He said he fought at Vimy Ridge [regiment?], but this is unconfirmed. After his wife’s death he went into the ministry and became an Anglican Priest, it is said.