Born on 29 August 1897 in Wheeling, West Virginia - next of kin listed as Mrs. L. Sehmalstie[?], Wheeling, West Virginia - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Kingston, Ontario; trade as cook; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; sandy hair.
Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield Camp, Ontario, on 8 September 1916 (number 634172) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 5 November 1917.
(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)