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Remembered Today:

Canadian Soldier

Cliff. Hobson

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I picked up the following article from the local paper dated 8 March 1918. Mrs. Nelson (Whitwell, Derbys.,) has received official intimation that her son Pte Charles Blow of the Canadians has been gassed and is in hospitalin France, 36 years of age and single. Emigrated to the U. S. 11 years ago to help in the

rebuilding in San Francisco after its destruction by earthquake was a briclayer by trade. Three other brothers serving Wiiliam, James, M.M. and Joseph 5th brother in Canada. Can someone please from the Canadian end of this forum tell me if Charles Blow survived the war.

Kind regards, Cliff. Hobson

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Charles Blow was born on July 8, 1881. He enlisted into the 106th Battalion CEF at St. Charles Camp Manitoba on July 23, 1917. (Regt. Number of 2178337). He listed his present address as, Chicago Ill., USA, and his NOK as his mother Mrs. Sarah Ann Nelson of Whitwell, Mansfield England. He shows previous service of 2 years with the Imperial Yeomanry Eng. Trade shown as a Bricklayer.

Height 5 ft 8 1/2 inches. Complexion: 'Ruddy', Eyes: Blue, Hair: Dark Brown. Religion: Church of England.

Without seeing this soldiers full service record it will be impossible to know in what battalion this man served. The 106th was not a serviceable battalion that was absorbed into units already serving at the front.

It appears Charles Blow survived the war. Further research on this man may prove to be very interesting. It is not uncommon for these lads to have died in the mid-late 1920's of war related wounds and not be commemorated by CWGC.

In regards to his brother William James. I found only one William Blow, who does not fit the profile of Charles brother: William Blow born July 23, 1881 at Dundas Ontario. (Born days after Charles Blow). This William Blow enlisted on May 1, 1916 listing his trade as a Farmer. The only aspect these two have in common is that they both lived in Manitoba.

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Cliff, the 106th Battalion was absorbed by the 23rd Reserve Btn, which fed the 14th, 24th, 87th, and the 5th Cdn Mounted Rifles in France. All of these would have seen action in March 1918.


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