Candy, Gilbert

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1889-1983

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1541 Gilbert W. Candy was born 30 August 1889 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and saw service with the 15th Light Horse in England prior to immigrating to Canada in 1911. He worked on a dairy farm near Black Diamond, Alberta. He enlisted with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as one of the "originals" on 12 August 1914. Promoted to Lance Corporal 9 October 1915 he was wounded 2 June 1916 at the Battle of Mount Sorrel while acting as a grenade thrower. He was subsequently Struck Off Strength 9 June 1916. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for his actions at Sanctuary Wood. Candy was promoted to Acting Sergeant and remained in England for 3 months as an instructor in Mills Bombs. He returned to Canada 14 October 1916 with other invalid soldiers. After undergoing some treatment for flat feet he was discharged as medically unfit 18 January 1917. He returned to England in 1917 and was involved in a family business exporting pedigreed bulls and rams to Argentina. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1925 and operated a dairy business near Auckland. He married Esther Pike, and they had four children, Field, Robin, Nielson, and Patricia. He passed away in New Zealand in 1983 at the age of 94.

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