Frank Morris Claybourn (1898-?) was born on May 30, 1898, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Pictou, Nova Scotia, on August 16, 1916, as a member of the No. 2 Construction Battalion—the so-called “Black Battalion.” He embarked for England on the SS Southland on April 7, 1917, and a little more than a month later arrived for duty in France. Having survived combat, Claybourn was discharged from His Majesty’s Service on February 7, 1919, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: May 30, 1898 (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Date of Attestation: August 16, 1916 (Pictou, Nova Scotia)
Age at Enlistment: 18 years old
Height: 5 feet, 2 inches (5 feet, 5 inches when discharged)
Weight: 109 pounds (115 pounds when discharged)
Description: Dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair. Small scar on dorsum of right foot (noted when discharged). Church of England.
Home Address: Barker’s Point, York County, New Brunswick
Next of Kin: Mother, Mrs. Margaret Claybourn. Father, Mr. George Claybourn.
Theatre of War: Canada, England, France
Casualties / Medical History
- November 5 to 8, 1916 – Claybourn spends four days in hospital receiving treatment for a swollen gland “incurred while wrestling.”
- 1917 – He receives dental treatment during his posting in France.
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- A “period of war + 6 months” is written under the “Terms of Service” section of Claybourn’s “Casualty Form–Active Service.”
- April 29, 1918 – After overstaying his leave from duty by 15 hours, he must forfeit two days’ pay.
- February 7, 1919 – Having survived the war with “no disability,” he is discharged from His Majesty’s Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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