Saturday 2 July 2011

Private Walter Perry Detlor

Born on 24 February 1895 in Hawley, Ontario - son of Perry Zina and Augusta Detlor, Bath, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student (Queen's University), single, no current military service, previously served in the Canadian Officer Training Corps at Queen's University, Wesleyan, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 12 April 1915 (number 411132) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - died on 21 April 1916 of wounds received that day while on sentry duty - buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (grave VI.D.1), Belgium - headstone reads "Mother's Sweetheart".

(New information courtesy of Peter Gower's book cited below).

(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,; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.47)

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