Friday 14 September 2012

Private William Chisholm

Born on 23 December 1894 in Edinburgh, Scotland - son of Andrew and Margaret Chisholm, Edinburgh, Scotland - enlistment records provide the following: trade as teamster, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 6.25 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 9 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410705) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - died on 27 October 1916 of wounds received that day - buried in Courcelette British Cemetery (grave I.F.4), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Chisholm's headstone that I took in Courcelette Cemetery in Aug 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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,

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