Sunday 29 January 2012

Private Charles Sidney Gordon Caves

Born on 25 June 1897 in Alvinston, Ontario - son of Ida Caves, St. Thomas, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: present address same as mother, trade as call boy, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fresh complexion, brown eyes, red hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, on 6 March 1916 (number 190043) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 22 September 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 May 1919.

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

(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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