Friday 25 December 2009

Corporal Sydney Isbell

Born on 1 July 1898 in Plymouth, England - son of Mrs. Florence McLeod, Plymouth, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Brockville, Ontario; trade as blacksmith; single; no current military service; previously served with the 41st Regiment (one year); Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium complexion, blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 18 February 1916 (number 639646) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - wounded on 23 October 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 24 October 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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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