Friday 25 January 2013

Private Gordon Percy Beall

Born on 12 January 1890 in Pembroke, Ontario - son of Walter and Jiney Beall, Pembroke, Ontario - recruitment form notes present address in Pembroke, Ontario, single, Presbyterian, trade as electrician, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 35.5 inches, ruddy complexion, gray eyes, dark hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, on 9 January 1918 (number 3055853) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 10 or 11 June 1918 - reported missing after action on 10 August 1918 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Beall's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

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

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