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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.

 

Oct 3 1914 Embarked S.S. Florizel, joined Canadian convoy off Newfoundland on October 4th, 1914
Oct 15 1914 Disembarked "Devonport", U.K. and on to Salisbury Plain. After training went to Fort George near Inverness, Scotland for more training
Feb 1915 To Edinburgh Castle on Garrison Duty, the only colonial troops ever to do so; thence to Hawick and Aldershot
Aug 20 1915 Embarked British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Devonport for active service
Aug 31 1915 Disembarked Alexandria, proceeded to Abbassia, Cairo
Sep 13 1915 Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli
Dec 2 1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli
Jan 15 1916 Arrived Alexandria and proceed to Port Suez on Jan 16th
Mar 14 1916 Embarked Port Suez for B.E.F., France
Mar 22 1916 Disembarked Marseilles, France
Nov 23 1916 Appointed Lance Corporal
Sep 20 1917 Discharged to duty
Oct 9 1917 Joined Base Depot, Rouen
Dec 3 1917 Seriously wounded, face, right arm and chest at Mesnieries
Dec 4 1917 Transferred by F.A. to #48 C.C.S.
Dec 9 1917 Invalided to England via Hospital Ship to London General Hospital
Feb 2 1918 Discharged from Hospital, granted 9 days leave
Feb 18 1918 Attached to Depot, Ayr
Mar 14 1918 Reverted to ranks at own request
Apr 1918 Winchester, Eng. with the 2nd Battalion
Jul 21 1918 Embarked S.S. Gloustershire from Tilbury to Newfoundland via Sydney, NS on furlough
Aug 4 1918 Arrived Newfoundland
Sep 4 1918 Granted leave, reporting back to headquarters Oct. 1, 1918
Nov 22 1918 Granted conditional leave: on recall at any time
Feb 15 1919 Demobilized after serving 4 years, 166 days

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

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