Monday 17 April 2017

Private William John Chesney

Born on 8 August 1897 in Lakehurst, Ontario - husband of Lillian Maude Chesney, Peterborough, Ontario - recruitment records provide the following: present address same as wife, married, Methodist, trade as student at Peterborough Collegiate Institute, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 42 inches fully expanded, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, in Kingston, Ontario, on 3 January 1918 (number 3055163) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 June 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 2 March 1919.

Died on 27 July 1953 in Peterborough, Ontario. Buried in Lakefield Cemetery on 30 July 1953.

(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; email, George Allison, 31 Jan 2017)


Unknown said...

Private Chesney's grave marker is in Rockhill Cemetery in Foxborough, MA USA and lies by a cannon, cannon balls and a small Canadian flag with the words 'lest we forget'.

Ken said...

Hi John. Thanks for this additional information. Ken