Saturday 22 December 2012

Private John Watson

Unknown birth date ("About Nineteen") - brother of Mrs. John Wood, Cromarty, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Lansdowne, Scotland; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 0.75 inches; chest of 35.25 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; light blue gray eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Gananoque, Ontario, on 31 January 1916 (number 639470) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 27 June 1917 - invalided to England on 21 July 1917 - later served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

(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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