21 January 2018

Dominic A. Pelusio: CEF Beechwood

According to his entry in the CWGC register Sgt. Dominic A. Pelusio was the son of the late Giovani Pelusio, of Napoli, Italy, and the late Casterina Pelusio, of Cranford, New Jersey; and husband of Margaret Macdonald Pelusio, of Barclay Court, South Penn Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Birth on 7 August 1884 in Italy was given on his attestation paper, completed on 20 July 1915. At the time he was single, his mother in Cranford, NJ was given as his next of kin. He gave his trade as nurse (cook) and indicated he has briefly served with the 43rd Regiment on Ottawa.
There's a record of Domenico Pelusio arriving in New York on 13 June 1901 with a brother Cesare two years his senior with last address Calvi Risorto, Italy.
He joined the 77th Battalion and served briefly in France, but was transferred to the 224th Forestry Battalion in Scotland. He spent time in hospital, thought to be related to a preexisting leg injury. He married Margaret Mcdonald, as registered at Pancras, Middlesex, in the 3rd quarter of 1916. She is listed as living in the US.
He was assessed as unfit for further service, returned to Canada and died of lymphatic leukemia in Buckingham, Quebec, on 21 January 1918. US newspaper listings show him as a US citizen.

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