Friday 10 February 2012

Private Gilbert Chute

Born on 15 October 1891 in Mt. Salem, Ontario - son of Kathleen Chute, Aylmer, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: present address in Aylmer, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current military service, previously served one year with the 39th Regiment, Baptist, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 38 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 24 November 1915 (number 189465) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 21 or 22 February 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 21 March 1917 - wounded on 9 or 13 April 1917 - invalided to England on 13 April 1917 - later served with the Canadian Forestry Corps.

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

(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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