Thursday, 7 June 2012

Private Frank Spencer

Born on 29 July 1892 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England - son of Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer, Bradford, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as machinist; single; no current military service; previously served with the Territorials in England; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; greyish blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 10 March 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410406) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 13 September 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 22 September 1916 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - transferred to the CCRC[?] on 22 February 1918.

(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)

3 comments:

Neil Bell said...

Frank was my maternal grandfather. Unfortunately, he died in 1949 some weeks before I was born so I never knew him. I have his First World War medals. While the Bn arrived in Halifax in June of 1919, my grandfather was married in Bradford Yorkshire in July and they were back in Canada by at least 1923.

Neil Bell said...

Frank Spencer was my maternal grandfather. Unfortunately, he died in 1949 some weeks before I was born so I never knew him. He apparently did not return to Canada with the Battalion which got to Halifax in June of 1919 as he was married in England in July but then returned to Canada with his wife.

Neil Bell said...

Frank Spencer was my maternal grandfather. Unfortunately, he died in 1949 some weeks before I was born so I never knew him. He apparently did not return to Canada with the Battalion which got to Halifax in June of 1919 as he was married in England in July but then returned to Canada with his wife.