Friday, 8 March 2013

Lance-Corporal Charles Edward Colman

Born on 5 January 1883 in London, England - son of Eli and Eliza Colman - friend of Mrs. Daisy Burdett, Ottawa, Ontario - at time of enlistment in 1915: trade as painter, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 January 1915 (number 410058) - 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 - name listed on Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of L/Cpl Colman's inscription on the Vimy Memorial 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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