Wednesday 16 January 2013

Private John James Dwyer

Born on 3 September 1896 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of James M. and Mary A. Dwyer, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as baker, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.75 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 23 April 1915 (number 410265) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Dwyer'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,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I came across this article whilst researching Pte. Dwyer's Army service.
I have his WW1 pair of medals and Canadian 'Mother's' Cross in my collection.
Thank you for the information.
Lee Bradbury