Wednesday 30 January 2013

Private William Pendlebury Whitfield

Born on 3 Jul 1897 in Leigh, Lancashire, England - son of Mary Whitefield, Edmonton, Alberta - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as stenographer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; clear complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 138th Battalion, CEF, in Edmonton, Alberta, on 13 January 1916 (number 811736) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 8 or 9 April 1918 - struck off strength to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 4 July 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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