Saturday 9 March 2013

Private Walter Cosby

Born on 1 July 1897 in Sussex, England - ward of Dr. Barnados Home, London, England - at time of enlistment in 1915: present address in RR #1 Cameron, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 4.5 inches, chest of 33 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Fenelon Falls, Ontario, on 11 December 1915 (number 725533) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte. Cosby'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,

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