Friday, 21 September 2007

Private Ralph Cannons

Born on 7 April 1898 in East Dean, near Salisbury, England - son of Ellen Cannons, West Dean, near Salisbury, England - enlistment records provide the following: trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 9.5 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 7 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410048) - 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 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 24 December 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 May 1919.

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