Tuesday 21 July 2009

Private Alexander Allen Halkett

Born on 14 November 1887 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of J.B. and Isabell Halkett, Kingston, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as mother, trade as machinist, single, no current military service, previously served with the Governor General's Foot Guards (one year), Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 November 1915 (number 145327) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave F.5), 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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926, p.105; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.67)

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