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David Power Regt # 310
Photo donated by Brendan Power
|Name: David J. Power # 310
Born: June 25, 1888, Mount Carmel, Salmonier, St. Maryís Bay
Father: Thomas Power (lost at sea 1892)
Mother: Mary Ann Power (nee Fowler)
At the outbreak of the war, Aug, 1914, David and his cousin, Francis Fowler, were crewmen on the fishing vessel Metamora at Holyrood, Conception Bay. They signed off, took the train to St. Johnís and joined the Newfoundland Regiment, September 2nd, 1914 as part of the First Five Hundred, commonly called the Blue Puttees. Dave was assigned #310 and Francis # 311. They went through a lot of the war together.
F.A. - Field ambulance C.C.S. - Casualty Clearing Station
On March 19, 1918, Daveís mother wrote to Mr. R.J. Devereaux, St. Johnís, requesting his return home because of his injuries, even for a short time. The reply on March 25 said that the St. Johnís office could not grant her request but it would be forwarded to the War Office in England.
A letter of April 2nd from the War Office says he has been classified A1 and doing full duty.
On return from the war, Dave settled in Mount Carmel and for the rest of his life suffered the effects of the shrapnel which remained in his left chest and lung. Early 1919 he married Ellen O'Reilley, Argentia. She died two months later & is buried at Placentia.
In 1920 he married Lucy Collins, a teacher from St. Kyranís and they lived in Mount Carmel and had 7 children. Dave was a fisherman/farmer, fishing out of Gloucester, Mass., as well as at home.
Since there were other David Powers in the area, Dave became known as "Khaki" Dave because of his uniform. David J. Power died of a heart attack on November 6, 1947 and is buried in Mt. Carmel cemetry
|Ernest McLeod [standing]
and David Power
|Back of photo
No 24 Pte E.F. McLeod
No 310 Pte D.J. Power
Royal Newfoundland Regt
Photo contributed by Sandy Sandford
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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