Saturday 23 May 2009

Private Albert Cockburn

Born on 11 March 1896 in Kingston, Ontario - next of kin listed as John Cockburn, Kingston, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: trade as shipbuilder, single, currently a member of the 14th Regiment (two years), no previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 November 1915 (number 145326) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 11 or 14 September 1916 - invalided to England on 15 September 1916 - later served with reserve units - returned to Canada on 9 August 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.89)

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