Merton Plunkett (1888–1966) was born in Orillia, Ontario, in 1888. He attested into the 35th Battalion at Niagara, Ontario in October 1915. Plunkett served as an honorary captain in the YMCA, being responsible for organizing recreational activities that boosted soldiers' morale. In this role, Plunkett began to organize amateur musical shows at Canadian Army camps in France. In the summer of 1917, he was given permission to create a full-time concert party, whose talented performers were drawn from many Canadian units. The group was officially called the Canadian Army Third Division Concert Party, but everyone knew them as the Dumbells. They put on shows everywhere that soldiers were located. After the war, the Dumbells were major stars who toured Canada and the United States. Plunkett died at Toronto in December 1966.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: January 11, 1888
Date of Attestation: October 13, 1915
Age at Enlistment: 27 years
Prior Military Service:
Height: 5 feet, 6 inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Description: Fair complexion, brown eyes and fair hair
Home Address: Orillia, Ontario
Trade: YMCA secretary
Next of Kin: Mrs. Robert Plunkett (mother)
Theatre of War: Europe
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