Saturday 16 February 2013

Private Charles Wilson

Born on 7 October 1893 in Thetford Mines, Quebec - son of Mrs. C.[?] Wilson, Thetford Mines, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the 8th Regiment Royal Rifles; no previous military service; Church of England; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; [?] complexion; blue eyes; [?] hair.

Joined the 87th Battalion, CEF, in Quebec, Quebec, on 23 October 1915 (number 177296) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 14 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - attached to the 12th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery, CEF - killed accidentally on 8 February 1917 - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave VI.B.7), France.

(sources: 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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