Saturday 8 September 2012

Corporal William John Ernest Hack

Born on 8 June 1892 in Canada - next of kin listed as Charles Hack, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as trainman, single, currently a member of the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (four years), Lutheran, height of 5 feet 6.75 inches, chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded, swarthy complexion, hazel eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 January 1915 (number 410094) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - transferred to the 4th Battalion, CEF - died on 10 September 1916 of wounds received that day - buried in Sunken Road Cemetery (grave I.E.11), France.

(Updated with an image of Cpl Hack's headstone in Sunken Road 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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