Monday, November 11, 2013

Private Wilford (Ford) Wiltsie Mathers

Ford Mathers in 1913 at a YMCA camp
Born on 22 December 1894 (or 1895) in Neepawa (or Neeneetawa), Manitoba - son of William J. Mathers, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; ruddy hair.

Attended Lord Roberts public school and King Edward High School, Vancouver - attended McGill College, British Columbia, in the faculty of Arts from 1914 to 1915 - member of the McGill College Officers' Training Corps during 1914-1915 session - "He was a keen athlete, playing tennis, rugby and basketball, and he took an active part in Y.M.C.A. work."

Members of "D" Company, 38th Battalion, preparing to
depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for
overseas service with Princess Patricia's
Canadian Light Infantry
Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411045) - sailed for England on 29 May 1915 - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - joined the PPCLI in the field on 28 July 1915 - wrote to his younger brother Bill on 5 August 1915: "Our impression of the trenches are most favourable.  The portion of the line we are holding is most elaborately rigged out and we have great sport cooking our meals etc." - wrote to his brother Bill on 7 August 1915: "Our position along here is very quite [sic] the Germans aren't doing much and it is only the novelty of the thing that is prompting us to ping away at the sky or distant parapet of the Germans.  This morning I was on guard in the firing line from 2 AM until 4 AM and enjoyed myself immensely shooting away into space whenever one of the Star Lights when [sic] up and lighted up the whole country around about.  All you can see over our trenches is a continuous pile of sand bags and old shell wrecked houses in behind them about quarter of a mile way.  Once in a while stray shots come over & whizz away over our heads.  The main thing is to keep your head down and not get to anxious to see what is going on.  Once in a while the Artillery on either side just to show each other they are there open up and we can hear they [sic] whizz over head and see them burst in the distance.  Its great when our Batteries get their guns trained on the german firing line and we can watch them bursting over theirs." - served as a member of No.1 Company, Machine Gun Section, through winter 1915 and spring 1916 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 4 June 1916 - "...he was reported missing, being last seen in action with the guns near St. Eloi." - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10), Belgium.

(Many thanks to Mike Mathers, Pte Mathers' nephew, for the additional information and images.)

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.85; e-mail from Mike Mathers, 9 November 2013)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Private Robert Cooper

Born on 19 March 1896 in Toronto, Ontario - son of Mrs. Catharine Cooper, Toronto, Ontario - at time of enlistment in 1915: trade as teamster, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8.5 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 21 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410711) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave B.17), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cooper's headstone in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Clarence Herbert Cook

Born on 26 November 1887 in Brampton, Ontario - son of James Henry Cook, Brampton, Ontario - at time of enlistment in 1916: present address in Toronto, Ontario, trade as painter, widower, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 7 January 1916 (number 775041) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave B.15), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cook's headstone in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Edward Wallace Cox

Born on 29 October 1896 in Minden, Ontario - son of John Cox, Minden, Ontario - at time of enlistment in 1915: present address in Minden, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current military service, previously served in the 45th Regiment in 1913, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 38 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Minden, Ontario, on 12 December 1915 (number 726046) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave A.1), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cox's headstone that I took in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Private Osip Zaveruha

Born on 23 February 1895 in Laogow, Russia - next of kin listed as Ekaterina Yaveruha, Seko Malazentov[?], Russia - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as moulder; single; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 1 inch; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; gray eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 3 January 1916 (number 775389) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Zaveruha's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Charles Douglas Hamlyn Yonge

Born on 2 April 1887 in Bishops Waltham, Portsmouth, England - son of Walter Scrymshire S. Vernon (deceased) and Alexandrina Sara Ada Yonge, Farsham, Hampshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Stratford, Ontario; trade as buffer and polisher; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 110th Battalion, CEF, in Stratford, Ontario, on 18 April 1916 (number 727779) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - killed in action on 17 August 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Yonge's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Albert James Worrall

Born on 9 March 1888 in Liverpool, England - husband of Agnes Jane Worrall, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as wife; trade as shipper; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3.75 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 21 December 1915 (number 775221) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Worrall's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Lance-Corporal Lawrence Albin Woodworth

Born on 24 February 1895 in Montreal, Quebec - son of Albin E. Woodworth, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as father; trade as banker; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 11 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 87th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 29 November 1915 (number 177928) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 14 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - attached to the 12th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 16 August 1916 - killed in action on 6 January 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of L/Cpl Woodworth's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private William Winkworth

Born on 10 October 1895 in Ontario - son of William and Eva Winkworth, Swansea, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as machinist; single; no current military service; previously served with the 10th Royal Grenadiers (two years); Baptist; height of 5 feet 6.75 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 5 February 1916 (number 669607) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - killed in action on 13 January 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Winkworth's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Sergeant Allan Archibald Wilson

Born on 10 June 1892 in Galt, Ontario - son of Robert A. and Agnes B. Wilson, Galt, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as mother; trade as barber; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 111th Battalion, CEF, in Galt, Ontario, on 22 December 1915 (number 730257) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 or 30 March 1918 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Sgt Wilson's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Arthur Whitt

Born on 12 December 1877 in Battersea, London, England - son of John and Emma Jane Whitt, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current military service; previously served with the Royal Marines (twelve years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 9 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410659) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Whitt's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private William Henry Whitehead

Born on 5 June 1898 in Salford, England - son of Thomas Whitehead, Royal Navy - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Omemee, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 5 February 1916 (number 725236) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Whitehead's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private William White

Born on 7 June 1883 in Liverpool, England - son of the late William and Letitia or Jane White, Liverpool, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Toronto, Ontario; trade as railroader; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 5 January 1916 (number 725115) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 28 June 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte White's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Private Peter Vincent White

Born on 24 May 1889 in Peterborough, Ontario - son of Elrick H. and Josephine Simons White - brother of Mrs. Carrie Brady, Peterborough, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Peterborough, Ontario; trade as teamster; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Peterborough, Ontario, on 28 February 1916 (number 220502) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 18 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 29 October 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte White's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Arthur John Dymond White

Born on 18 April 1898 in Silverton, Devonshire, England - son of Samuel and Lucy Harriet White, Brantford, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as wood worker; single; currently a member of the 38th Dufferin Rifles; no previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 215th Battalion, CEF, in Brantford, Ontario, on 7 March 1916 (number 270014) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 28 March 1918 - died on 9 August 1918 of wounds received that day - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte White's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Leland Stanford Westover

Born on 14 May 1898 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec - son of Oscar D. and Clara E. Westover, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; weight of 110 pounds; dark complexion; gray eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 May 1915 (number 410224) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Westover's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Harry Kenneth Wells

Born on 4 April 1897 in Morrisburg, Ontario - son of Cornelius A. Wells, Morrisburg, Ontario - husband of late Cynthia Beatrice Garlough Wells - brother of Lance-Corporal Charles Wells, 38th Battalion, CEF - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Morrisburg, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Lutheran; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Morrisburg, Ontario, on 8 April 1916 (number 634017) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Wells's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Leonard William Welch

Born on 6 September 1873 in Guildford, Surrey, England - nephew of James Beddoe, Guildford, Surrey, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; widower (one child); no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Alexandria, Ontario, on 12 February 1915 (number 410638) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - killed in action on 21 September 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Welch's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Albert Webb

Born on 7 March 1873 in Birmingham, England - husband of Emily Webb, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as tinsmith; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches fully expanded; 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 14 February 1916 (number 669770) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - killed in action on 2 January 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Webb's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

Private Harry Thomas Watkin

Born on 23 April 1887 in Belleville, Ontario - husband of Victoria Watkin (late Dykes) - son of Delos and Elizabeth Watkin, Belleville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as grocery clerk; married; no current military service; previously served with the 15th Regiment ("1 term"); Church of England; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 25 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410430) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - died of those wounds on 19 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Watkin's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)