648131 LCpl. Donald George Cant

Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery


Pas de Calais


Born in Witnesham, Suffolk, England, in March 1895, Donald was a miner by trade when he signed on in April 1916.

A resident of Cobalt, Ontario, Donald attested into the 159th (1st Algonquin) Battalion, on April 13th, 1916, with previous military experience noted as having been served in the 97th Regiment.

One of 108 men of the 159th Battalion to be transferred to the 4th CMR through 1917, Donald found himself in the field with the 4th CMR on March 7th, 1917.

At the time of Donald's loss the 4th CMR had, on August 24th, 1918, just returned to the front line, at Feuchy, 5km to the west of Arras, when in the early morning 'D' company was subject to gas and shrapnel rounds that were to cause 116 casualties. Donald was injured by gas and although attended to and evacuated to No.7 Casualty Clearing Station, he subsequently died a week later on the 31st.

Lance Corporal. Donald Cant is one of 20 men of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles who are known to lie at rest in Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, France.

Thanks go to Yvo Henniker-Heaton for the headstone image. The biography excerpt is courtesy of 4cmr.com