Thursday 24 December 2009

Private William Ewing Irwin

Born on 28 December 1888 in Castle Rock, Ireland - husband of Nora Irwin, Detroit, Michigan - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Windsor, Ontario; trade as mechanic; married; no current or previous military experience; Methodist; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; gray eyes; black hair.

Joined the Signals Training Depot, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in Windsor, Ontario, on 15 June 1917 (number 2265878) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 12 April 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 6 June 1918 - wounded on 25 July 1918 - invalided to England on 10 August 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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