Ernest Samuel Povah

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 15 September 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the son of William Povah and his wife Mary, nee Pace. He married Harriet Jean Easton in Canada. They had a daughter, Dorothy.

Residence: In 1891 he was living with his grandparents at 1 New Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He continued to live there until at least 1901. He emigrated to Canada in 1910 and in 1911 he was living at 211 Metcalfe, Ottawa, Ontario. When he enlisted in 1916 his address was Edison Avenue, Westboro, Ontario. At the time of his death in 1919 his home was 14 Chamberlain Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

Employment: In 1901 he was an ironmonger`s apprentice. By 1910 he had emigrated to  Canada and was employed as a janitor. In 1916 his occupation was a hardware salesman.

Died: 25 October 1919 at Mowat Sanatorium, Kingston, Ontario, aged 36.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force 

Rank: Private

Service Number: 246419

Date of Enlistment: 2 June 1916

Date of Discharge: 9 August 1916

Reason for Discharge: Medically unfit.

Other Information: On his Attestation documents he stated that he had served with the 53rd Shropshire Regiment King’s Shropshire Light Infantry for seven years and three years in the British Navy, but no military records can be found for him.

Medals and Awards

Ernest was not eligible for any medals.


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