Root, Claude: Service no. 802645

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per post at 18th Battalion Facebook Group.


Possibly an Anglican Reverend



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.



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.


Summary of Service for Private Claude Root, reg. no. 802645

February 27, 1896BornThis man was born at London, England (note his attestation papers indicate London, Ontario) this date to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel James and Emma Root.
January 10, 1916EnlistsEnlists with the 135th Overseas Battalion at London, Ontario. He was 20-years old and stood 5’10” tall. He had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair and was a member of the Church of England. He weights 136 pounds. He listed his father, Samuel James Root as his next-of-kin who resided at 26 Forward Avenue, London, Ontario. He was a cigarmaker and had 6 month’s experience with the 7th Detached Guard.
May 6, 1916SubmitsSubmits form “Particulars of Family of an Officer or Man Enlisted in C.E.F.” He is not insured and identifies his father, Samuel, and mother, Emma, as both living.
August 1916Assigns PayAssigns $20.00 per month to his mother, Emma Root.
August 22, 1916EmbarksEmbarks for England.
August 30, 1916ArrivesArrives Liverpool.
October 15, 1916TransferredTransferred to the 116th Battalion.
November 28, 1916TransferredTransferred for overseas service with the 18th Battalion.
November 29, 1916ArrivesArrives at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples.
December 3, 1916ArrivesArrives “in the field” with the 18th Battalion.
April 13, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station for chilblains.
April 14, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, re. myalgia, slight.
April 28, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne.
May 5, 1917DischargedDischarged to No. 3 Large Rest Camp, Boulogne.
May 15, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 2 General Hospital, influenza.
May 30, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre.
June 15, 1917DischargedDischarged to Reinforcement, Etaples.
August 15, 1917Reported Gassed 
August 16, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station. Wound, re. gas shell.
August 17, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 7 General Hospital, Etaples.
August 20, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples.
August 21, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux.
September 1, 1917TransferredTransferred to Base Details.
September 30, 1917ArrivesArrives at Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.
February 8, 1918Granted LeaveGranted 14-day’s leave to the UK.
February 21, 1918PostedPosted to Western Ontario Regimental Depot from 18th Battalion.
February 22, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to Manor War Hospital, Epsom  while on leave re. abscess right groin (old).
March 24, 1918AdmittedMilitary Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom.
April 1, 1918Medical NoteMedical records shows he has recovered from the abscess.
April 8, 1918DischargedAs above and attached to 2nd CCD.
May 31, 1918AttachedAttached to 4th Reserve Battalion from 2nd CCD.
September 4, 1918Proceeded OverseasProceeds overseas to be 18th Battalion.
September 5, 1918ArrivesArrives Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples.
September 9, 1918ArrivesArrives Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.
September 11, 1918ArrivesArrives at 18th Battalion “in the field”.
October 1, 1918WoundedGSW, slight, to scalp.
October 2, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to No. 56 General Hospital, Etaples, France. GSW to head and left hand.
October 4, 1918Posted and TransferredPosted to WORD and transferred to England.
October 15, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot.
October 25, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bear Wood.
November 20, 1918DischargedAs above.
January 12, 1919PostedPosted to No. 1 D.D.
January 22, 1919ArrivesArrives Halifax aboard the Empress of Britain.
January 26, 1919PostedPosted to Casualty Company and granted furlough with subsistence allowance until February 10, 1919.
February 11, 1919Medical and Dental ExamMedical and dental exam on discharge. No disability due to service.
February 14, 1919Discharged 
December 13, 1919MarriedMarries Emily Julia Elizabeth Ingrey at London, Ontario.
November 14, 1939Change of AddressUpdates his address to London Junction, Pottersburgh, Ontario.
June 24, 1965FormForm for Department of Veterans Affairs “War Veterans Allowance District Authority” completed.
February 26, 1980DiesDies and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

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