Cluney WW1

 

106th Nova Scotia Rifles

106th Nova Scotia Rifles

Like most young men, when World War 1 broke out, the Cluney/Clooney clan were quick to volunteer.

Garfield Clooney - Regimental # 715850, was born in Sherbrooke in 1893, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clooney and was a lumberman by trade. He enlisted in Halifax on February 26, 1916, and served with the 196th Nova Scotia Rifles. Garfield was with his brother James W. Clooney (see above) when he was killed in action.
Garfield married a girl from P.E.I. and lived in Maple Grove where he raised a family of 12. Two of his sons served in WWII.

Garfild and Robert

Garfield Clooney 106th Nova Scotia Rifles

Garfield Cluney's attestation papers Page 1 and Page 2

 

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Much later in life - Garfield and Eliza Clooney


 

Robert Clooney

Robert Clooney 106th Nova Scotia Rifles

Robert Clooney's attestation papers Page 1 and Page 2

Robert Hentry Clooney - Regimental #  715343, born in Sherbrooke on July 1, 1890, he was a son of Mrs. Sarah Clooney. He enlisted in the 106th Battalion N.S. Rifles on December 27, 1915 and received training in Truro and went overseas in June 1916. He was wounded at "Hill 70", gassed and shellshocked at Vimy Ridge. He received the Medal Of Valour at Cambria. Robert returned in 1919. His wife was the former Sarah Renard of Newfoundland. He was employed at Enfield.

After several of his fellow soldiers were shot by a sniper, Robert went out, circled around behind the sniper and shot him. Unable to simply shoot him in the back, Robert yelled "Hey!" so that the man would turn and face him. In his belongings, the German sniper had a picture of his wife and child. Killing this soldier bothered Robert for the rest of his life. Robert was later shot in the side and still had the bullet in him when he was buried.


 

The 85th Nova Scotia Highlanders

85th Nova Scotia Highlanders

Paschendaele

Memorial at Passchendaele

 

JW Cluney

JW Cluney2

John William Cluney, 8th Platoon, 85th Nova Scotia Highlanders

John William Cluney's attestation papers here


William James Cluney

James William Cluney? I believe this to be James William Cluney as I have identified his brother John William Cluney (above). It is logical to believe that brothers would join the same 85th Highlanders as indicated by the uniforms. Also, his attestation papers describe him as short, slightly built and having a vertical scar on his forehead. The original picture (look closely) shows what appears to be a vertical scar above his right eye. James was Killed in action at Vimy.

26th Battalion

The following information is taken from the website

Kelly's Uncommon Heros

James William Clooney - killed in action Tuesday, January 16, 1917, near Vimy.
Private Clooney -  Regimental # 715342 ,was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Clooney, he joined the 106th Battalion Nova Scotia Rifles. He trained in Canada and went overseas. He then joined the Canadian Infantry New Brunswick Regiment (26th Battalion).
He was killed before the Battle of Vimy and is buried near Vimy Ridge, at Tranchee De Mecknes Cemetery in France.
Book Of Remembrance-located in the Memorial Chamber in the Parliament of Canada. The name of James Clooney is inscribed on page 217, and Laurier Pye
is inscribed on page 488 in the WWl book.

 

JW Clooney Remembrance

James William Clooney in the Book of Remembrance

JW Clooney gravestone

James William Clooney's Gravestone, Aix-Noulette, France

headstone

715342 PRIVATE
J.W. CLOONEY
26TH BN, CANADIAN INF.
16TH JANUARY 1917

TRANCHEE DE MECKNES CEMETERY

Location: James William Clooney's grave
Aix-Noulette lies about 16 kilometres north of Arras about 2 kilometres south-west of Bully-les-Mines on the road from Arras to Bethune. is about 2 kilometres east of the village.


 

Huge Gordon Cluney

Hugh Gordon Cluney? I believe this could be the third brother, Hugh Gordon Cluney, as he appears older and heavier than James William. If anyone can provide positive identification of Hugh Gordon or James William, please let me know.


William James Cluney's attestion Page 1 and Page 2

Hugh Gordon Cluney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

Gordon Cluney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

John Cluney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

James Burton Cluney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

James William Clooney's attestatiom Page 1 and Page 2

Charles Seymour Clooney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

Robert Henry Clooney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2

Garfield Clooney's attestation Page 1 and Page 2


Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clooney

Robert Hentry Clooney - Regimental #  715343, born in Sherbrooke on July 1, 1890, he was a son of Mrs. Sarah Clooney. He enlisted in the 106th Battalion N.S. Rifles on December 27, 1915 and received training in Truro and went overseas in June 1916. He was wounded at "Hill 70", gassed and shellshocked at Vimy Ridge. He received the Medal Of Valour at Cambria. Robert returned in 1919. His wife was the former Sarah Renard of Newfoundland. He was employed at Enfield.

Charles Seymour Clooney - Regimental # 1060249, born in Sherbrooke on June 1, 1891, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clooney. Before enlisting on December 12, 1916 in Halifax, he was a lumberman by trade. Charles joined the 193rd Battalion N.S. Highlanders, training in Canada and remaining with the Home Guards, because of ill health.
Charles passed away in 1927 and is buried in the Sunset Rest Cemetery at Indian Harbour Lake.

James Burton Clooney - Regimental # 1060309,  born at Indian Harbour Lake November 22, 1888.  He enlisted on October 1, 1917 in Halifax, and served overseas four years, he received leg wounds.
He was a lumberman by trade. After returning he was twice married, first to  Mary Johnson and then to a Miss Munroe.
James Clooney died in 1934 and is buried in the St. James Anglican Church cemetery in Sherbrooke.