Saturday 29 September 2012

Private James Carl Brokenshire

Born on 2 September 1894 in Fenelon Falls, Ontario - son of James and Jane (or Jennie) Brokenshire, Toronto, Ontario - enlistment records note the following: trade as salesman, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 5.25 inches, chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, red hair.

Joined the 59th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario, on 22 March 1915 - transferred to the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 22 May 1915 (number 410692) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - buried in Regina Trench Cemetery (grave VI.A.17), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Brokenshire's headstone in Regina Trench Cemetery 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)

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