Wednesday 18 November 2009

Major Gilbert Howland

Born on 12 September 1882 in London, England - husband of Gertrude Annie Howland, Edmonton, Alberta - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as electrician, married, currently a member of the 101st Regiment Edmonton Fusiliers (six years), previously served with the 1st City of London Regiment of Garrison Artillery (one year) and the South African Constabulary (six years), Church of England, height of 5 feet 11 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 63rd Battalion, CEF, in Edmonton, Alberta, on 31 July 1915 - [then what] - joined the 113th Battalion, CEF, in Lethbridge, Alberta, on 9 February 1916 - taken on the strength of the 73rd Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 30 January 1917 - attached to the 38th Battalion, CEF, from 14 February to 25 May 1917 - invalided sick to England on 25 May 1917.

Unit recommendation dated 26 April 1917: "Recommended for Croix de Guerre for conspicuous gallantry and initiative whilst in charge of first two waves in operation of Apr. 9/17."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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