Tuesday 17 March 2009

Private Harry Francis

Born on 14 November 1894 in Canada - no next of kin - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, currently serving with the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (since 28 December 1914), no previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 24 February 1915 (number 410017) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1916 - died of his wounds on 26 October 1916 [CWGC says 20th Battalion, CEF] - buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension (grave I.E.25), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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