Saturday 23 May 2009

Lance-Corporal Joseph William Charman

Born on 29 October 1880 in Seven Oaks, Kent, England - son of Joseph William Charman, London, England - enlistment records provide the following: trade as labouring, single, no current military service, previously served twelve years with the Scots Greys and 2nd Dragoons, Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.75 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 December 1915 (number 145719) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England as a lance-corporal on 6 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - taken on the strength of the Canadian Engineers on 20 April 1917 - returned to Canada on 16 April 1919.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926, p.88)

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