Thursday 14 March 2013

Private Cecil Newton Garrett

Born on 27 February 1896 in Sharbot Lake, Ontario - son of Newton and Debra Annie Garrett, Sharbot Lake, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, no current military service, previously served with "E" Company, 47th Regiment (two years), Church of England, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 19 March 1915 (number 410494) - 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 29 October 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 9 November 1916 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.

(New information provided courtesy of Peter Gower's book cited below).

(Updated with a photo of Pte Garrett'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,; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.62)

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