Saturday, 9 March 2013

Private David Cameron Coyle

Born on 14 February 1894 in Cardinal, Ontario - next of kin listed as late M. and Adelia Coyle, Cardinal, Ontario - at time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 35.75 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield Camp, Ontario, on 26 July 1915 (number 410716) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 11 September 1916 - wounded on 10 February 1917 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte. Coyle'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 said...

Adelia Coyle was my great grandmother. Was David her husband's (Micheal Coyle) brother?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it was their son. He was my great-grandmother's brother. Adelia and Micheal Coyle were my great- great-grandparents.