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Cpl Percy Wainwright "Moose" Carleton


Carleton, Percy Wainwright “Moose,” Montreal, Quebec, formerly of Delom, Westmeath, Ireland. Occupation: machinist. Military Service: Corporal, Reg. No. 410970, 1st University Co., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Learned that [Percy W.] “Moose” Carleton (minor) while coming out wounded was struck by a shell on the Bapaume – Albert road and blown to bits.” [Actually this was false; he was wounded at this time, but killed later.], 4:9 Oct ’16.

Additional Biographical Information:

Cpl. Carleton enlisted with the 1st University Co. in March 1915 and joined the PPCLI in July after training in England. He was hospitalised on 31 May 1916 with illness and missed the Battle of Sanctuary Wood that resulted in his brother’s death. He later fought at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette and the Battle of Ancre Heights. He was wounded in October 1916 and evacuated to England and after recovery joined the CDSA as a private in February 1917. “Attached to Artillery Depot 20 March 1917. Posted to 2nd CRA 30 June 1917. Promoted to Acting Bombardier 28 June and assigned to 12 Siege Battery 14 July 1917. On leave to Canada 24 August to 23 October 1917. Posted to 7 Reserve Battalion and promoted to Corporal 8 December 1917. Promoted Acting Sergeant 7 January and posted to 6 Reserve Battalion 15 February 1918. Reverted to Corporal at his own request and crossed to France 13 October to join PPCLI in the field near Queant 16 October 1918. General Action: Battle of the Sambre. Killed early morning 10 November 1918 while on patrol with Pte. Johnston in front of the outposts. A light was flashed on him and a revolver shot fired almost simultaneously killing him instantly.” Stephen K. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 197.

Date of Death: 10 November 1918. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Cuesmes Communal Cemetery. Cuesmes, Belgium. Grave reference: A.3.


Cuesmes Communal Cemetery, Cuesmes, Hainaut, Belgium