Born on 26 October 1893 in Montreal, Quebec - next of kin listed as Mrs. T.M.R. Spendlove, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the McDonald College COTC (one year); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.
Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, on 8 March 1915 (number 410936) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915.
(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)