Born on 16 July 1886 in Renfrew, Ontario - brother of Miss Valida[?] Martel, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Renfrew, Ontario; trade as stenographer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; dark brown eyes; dark hair.
Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 September 1916 (number 788648) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - invalided sick to England on 11 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 or 11 November 1917 - transferred to the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, CEF, on 20 or 21 February 1918 - promoted to Corporal.
Awarded a Mention in Despatches.
(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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)