Saturday 8 September 2012

Private Joseph Thomas Danis

Born in Canada on 26 May 1882 - next of kin listed as Mrs. Eliza Danis, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as miner, single, joined the 43rd Regiment on 12 February 1915, no previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 5.25 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, swarthy complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 February 1915 (number 410169) - taken on the strength of the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - killed in action on 2 September 1916 - buried in 2nd Canadian Cemetery (grave B.2), Sunken Road, Contalmaison, France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Danis' headstone in 2nd Canadian Cemetery 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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