Monday 14 January 2013

Private Ernest Wellington Durnford

Born on 28 August 1898 in Sturgeon Bay, Ontario - son of James H. and Kate Durnford, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address same as mother, trade as pattern cutter, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 6.75 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined No.2, Canadian Army Service Corps, in Toronto, Ontario, on 19 February 1917 (number 514003) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Durnford'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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