Thursday 16 September 2010

Sergeant William John Martin

Born on 20 February 1872 in Maidstone, Kent, England - husband of Roseannie Martin, Cochrane, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; married; no current military service; previously served with an unnamed military force (thirteen years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 87th Battalion, CEF, in Cochrane, Ontario, on 29 November 1915 (number 177971) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 14 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - attached to the 12th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 16 August 1916 - struck off strength to the 12th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 1 October 1917.

(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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