Saturday 8 August 2009

Sergeant Richard Handyside

Born on 26 July 1888 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Hugh Handyside, Prescott, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as locomotive engineer, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8.5 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, clear complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 March 1915 (number 410408) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 22 September 1915 - wounded on 25 September 1916.

Last known address was on Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario - the same address as his brother Hugh Handyside. Their other brother, Ernest Handyside, was killed during the war.

(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)

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