Friday 10 February 2012

Private Frederick Prince Bower

Born on 28 November 1876 in Blackfuacs, London, England - husband of Alice Bower, St. Thomas, Ontario - 1916 attestation form provides the following: present address in St. Thomas, Ontario, trade as cook, married with three children, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 91st Canadian Infantry Battalion in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 6 March 1916 (number 190058) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 20 or 21 August 1916 - attached to the Canadian Corps Comp.[?] Company on 27 August 1916 - transferred to the 7th Army Employment Company on 22 August 1917.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Pte. Bower).

(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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