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Soldier Information Cards - World War One
Clemens, Willard Ewart
Was in his fourth year at the Kitchener and Waterloo Collegiate Institute at the age of 17 when he enlisted with the 118th Battalion as a signaller in November 1915. A year later he was rejected for overseas service and placed in a Special Service from which he transferred to the Divisional Signallers of Ottawa. He served on a patrol boat as Signaller in Quebec Harbour for two months in the spring of 1917. In the autumn of that year he was discharged from the Canadian Army and accepted as a Cadet in the Royal Flying Corps. After training in Texas for the winter he was sent to Beamsville as an instructor. He was 2nd Lieut.
He was accidently killed at the Beamsville Aviation Camp May 17, 1918 at the age of 20.
He was the youngest son of Mr. David H. Clemens, 251 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario, and was born in Blenheim Township, Oxford Co.