Friday 13 February 2009

Private William Dingwall Finley

Born on 8 August 1897 in Kirckcaddy, Scotland - son of Mrs. Isobel Finley, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as none, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 2.75 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 9 August 1915 (number 144314) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.180)

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