Monday 17 August 2009

Acting Staff-Sergeant (Sergeant) Edward Douglas Harper

Born on 18 March 1897 in Toronto, Ontario - brother of Mrs. Lillie Norwich, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bookkeeper, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 29 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410757) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 1 September 1916 - later served with reserve units.

(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)

1 comment:

nicole h. said...

Hi again Ken, I also found a portrait of my Grand Uncle Ned (Edward) which is dated Dec. 10th 1915, Bermuda. The back reads: "Just lest we forget, Wishing Aunt Elsie and all the rest a Merry Xmas - Ned, Bermuda Dec 10th 1915." I would be happy to send you an image of the portrait to add to the blog post.