Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lance Corporal Joseph (John) Taverner - 418984

According to his attestation papers dated May 22, 1915 at Montreal, Joseph Taverner was born in Hamilton, Ontario on June 26, 1889.  He listed his mother-in-law, Mrs. Emily Norris, 1596 Queen Street West, Toronto as his next of kin.  He was a widower with 2 children.  He was a machinist and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a Baptist.

His brother Arthur also enlisted.

He is listed as John Taverner living on the Lake Shore Road in the 1911 census with wife Gertrude and son William working as a machinist at the bolt works.

Joseph was killed on March 27, 1916 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Tombstone of Joseph Taverner - Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
courtesy John Hicks

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