Monday 2 November 2009

Corporal Phillip Alexander Holmes

Born on 11 February 1889 in Beauhornis, Quebec - son of W. Holmes, Beauhornis, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Ottawa, Ontario, trade as cashier, single, no current military service, previously served with the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (one year), Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.25 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 8 May 1916 (number 246235) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 September 1917 - wounded on 26 April 1918 - invalided to England on 14 May 1918.

(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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