I am the great-granddaughter of John and Annie Whitehead Ostic through their youngest son, Omar, and his son, Paul.How are you connected?
Re Moses:I just happened to find a wonderful website:www.collectionscanada.ca/ put together by the Canadian government.For a copy of Moses’ Attestation Form for the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) for WWI, go to this site - select English - select Canadian Genealogy Centre - from the blue menu at the top, select Databases – scroll down to Military and select Soldiers of the First World War - click on Search the Database - key in Ostic, Moses - click on Submit Query - click on the “A” icon to the left of his name – click on paper image below “Front of Form” – expand image by moving cursor to lower right corner where a box will appear to click on – click your back arrow to return to the previous page – click on paper image below “Back of Form” [You may note that Mose (as Moses was called by his family) lied about his age when he enlisted---said he was 40 rather than 45---born in 1876 not 1871].
To see a page with his name in the Canadian Books of Remembrance – click on your back arrow to return to the previous page – scroll down and click on the link “Canadian Virtual War Memorial” – select The Books of Remembrance – select The Six Books – select First World War – select 1918 – scroll down to Canadian Expeditionary Forces – select “O” – select O’Handly . . . – this brings you to page 480 which includes Moses Ostic.
The family lore was that Mose was an adventurer---worked on the Canadian Railroad for a time and even went to the Yukon to pan for gold and no one heard from him during those years not knowing whether he was dead or alive.When he went to enlist the whole family told him he was crazy because he was too old, but he was determined.I used to know the name of the town in France where Mose was killed but can’t seem to find it written anywhere and my memory has failed me.You may be able to send for his military records which would probably give you that information.My brother had a handkerchief that Mose must have sent to a family member that had written around the edges, “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary.”I’m sorry I don’t have anymore info other than the fact that he never married.He must have been an interesting character.