Monday, 26 November 2007

Private Alfred Edward Colwell

Born on 29 October 1896 in London, England - son of Alfred Colwell, Toronto, Ontario - at time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as office boy, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 33 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 22 July 1915 (number 144647) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 24 November 1916 - later served with reserve units and Canadian Army Pay Corps - repatriated to Canada on 14 December 1918.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.178)

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