Saturday, 22 July 2017

John Henry Clynick; CEF Beechwood

Private John Henry Clynick was buried at Beechwood Cemetery on 25 July 1917 having served with the Canadian Army Service Corps. There is no service file.
Death on 22 July 1917 was a result of internal injuries from a motor vehicle accident five days previously. An inquest reported in the Ottawa Citizen of 28 July found that the truck he was driving, which had stopped to avoid hitting two children, was struck from behind by a Bank Street streetcar near the Exhibition Grounds . He was pinned between the steering wheel and one of the boxes of cargo pushed forward by the collision.
The informant for the death certificate was his wife Annie Elizabeth Clynick of 6, Capital Park, Ottawa. Their marriage was registered in the December quarter of 1891 in Stoke Damerel, Devon where her maiden name was given as Mulley. The marriage was at Devonport on 15 December 1891 while he was a soldier with the Berkshire Regiment. He served from 1885 to 1897.
The CWGC entry states he was age 47, son of John Henry Clynick, of 7, Trafalgar Terrace, Brighton, England, and the late Elizabeth Clynick. From the 1864 marriage registration for the parents his mother's maiden name was Owens.
According to the 1871 and 1881 censuses he was born in Deptford, Kent about 1869 but the birth is not in the GRO index.
The 1911 census finds him in Brighton, Sussex, a boilermaker, with six living children, five at home age 16 to 2 years. He emigrated to Canada arriving at Boston, Mass, on 11 March 1913 on the Ascania giving the same occupation.

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