Today I added a headstone photograph and an inscription to the page of St. James Anglican Church Cemetery. I also added three photographs of the church and surrounding cemetery. St. James is located on Smiley’s Point Road, Port Dufferin, Halifax County, NS overlooking Beaver Harbour.
Ernest L. Whitman
13th Batt. C. E. F.
14th Nov. 1916
Aged 18 years and 6 months
Ernest Leonard Whitman, the son of Lucinda (Mary) and George Whitman, was born April 21, 1896 at Port Dufferin, Halifax County, NS. He worked as a labourer when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on January 10, 1916 at Halifax, NS. He was 19 years old, measured 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches, and had a dark complexion with brown eyes and hair.
Private Whitman served with the Canadian Infantry, Quebec Regiment, 13th Battalion. He died at the age of 18 on November 14, 1916.
As you can see, Ernest’s age recorded when he was attested (19) is older than when he died ten months later (18). Using his death date and his stated birth date on his attestation paper, he would have been 20 years and 7 months old when he died. However, I’ve see many attestation records where the individual stated the wrong birth date for various reasons.