Saturday 29 September 2012

Private John Leo Dumas

Born on 5 June 1889 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Charles and Mary Dumas, Brockville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, widower, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, medium brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, in 26 May 1915 (number 410730) - 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 - buried in Regina Trench Cemetery (grave IX.B.8), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Dumas' headstone in Regina Trench 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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