Monday 22 October 2012

Private George Field

Born on 29 December 1893 in Smiths Falls, Ontario - son of Mrs. Bridget Field, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, currently a member of the 42rd Regiment (Petawawa guard) (for four months), no previous military service, Protestant, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 1 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410270) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 4 November 1916 - [rejoined?] - killed in action on 26 May 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave IV.A.11), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Field's headstone in La Chaudière 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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