Merton Plunkett

Merton Plunkett

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

Attestation paper 1

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

Married: No

Next of Kin: Mrs. Robert Plunkett (mother)

Theatre of War: Europe

Casualties/Medical History


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Military Medals, Honours and Awards (1812–1969)

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