Albert George Mungham was my 2nd Great Uncle, older brother to my Great Grandfather, James Charles Mungham. He was seven years old when his family arrived in Canada and eventually settled in Newdale, Manitoba to farm in 1908.
Albert volunteered in early 1916, and was sent to Winnipeg with the 190th Overseas Battalion in anticipation of sailing overseas. Like many, he was not entirely honest about his age on his attestation papers. He aged himself by three years, saying he was 18 years and 10 months old, when really, he was 15 years and 10 months old. He was tall and strong, working as a farmer, so it is likely that he was not questioned.
His service record is very thin, with a mention of a brief hospitalization for a sore throat and then a transfer to a depot battalion, and then there are discharge papers signed in March 1917 in Winnipeg in which he discharged due to being medically unfit. Whether this had anything to do with the fact that he still would have been not quite 17 at the time is hard to say.
Although Albert never left Manitoba, he still gave over a year of his life to military service, at least part of it thinking that he could go overseas and face very real dangers–dangers that would have been very clear to him based on his brother Henry’s service which we will explore further later in the year. This is still a commitment I think is worth remembering.
He later married and had two children. He lived in various places in Manitoba and British Columbia, and passed away in New Westminster, BC in 1983 at the age of 83.