Friday 29 May 2009

Private Harry Joseph Goodreau

Born on 29 February 1888 in Brudenell, Ontario - son of Mary Goodreau, Madawaska, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as mechanic, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 29 December 1915 (number 145713) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 or 29 November 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps on 1 January 1917 - returned to Canada on 2 March 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.103)

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