Friday 14 September 2012

Private Robert James Halliday

Born on 27 November 1895 in Greenbrea, Dumfries, Scotland - next of kin listed as Mrs. D.H. McCaul, Dumfries, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 23 January 1915 (number 410720) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF - transferred to the 3rd Battalion, CEF, on 5 October 1915 - wounded on 31 July 1916 - died of wounds on 3 September 1916 - buried in Sunken Road Cemetery (grave I.C.18), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Halliday's headstone that I took in Sunken Road Cemetery in Aug 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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