Wednesday 7 October 2009

Private Henry Hignett

Born on 24 September 1886 in Tarvin, Cheshire, England - son of Andrew Hignett, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Smiths Falls, Ontario, trade as labourer, widower, no current military service, previously served with the 42nd Regiment at Petawawa (six months), Methodist, height of 5 feet 10 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, weight of 160 pounds, ruddy complexion, bluish brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 24 June 1916 (number 1042020) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 - wounded on 16 or 17 March 1918 - invalided to England on 25 March 1918 - later served with reserve units and promoted to lance-corporal.

(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; Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF)

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