Friday 21 December 2012

Private Harold John Watson

Born on 1 August 1890 in Mardale, Grey County, Ontario - son of Agnes Watson, Markdale, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Markdale, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on 14 January 1916 (number 838610) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - wounded on 30 October or 2 November 1917 - invalided to England on 9 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 April 1918 - wounded on 1 October 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 9 December 1918 - accidentally injured and invalided to England on 21 December 1918.

(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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