Saturday 9 March 2013

Private John Corry

Born on 15 February 1889 in Troy, New York - nephew of George Hanna, Hull, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 3.5 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 24 July 1915 (number 144217) - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 22 March 1917 - killed in action on 26 June 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte. Corry's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 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,; anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.178)

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