Friday 22 March 2013

Private Cyril Harrington

Born on 1 July 1885 in Newport, Monmouthshire, England - son of William Harrington, Newport, Monmouthshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.75 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 16 March 1915 (number 411098) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - killed in action on 15 September 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Harrington's inscription on the Vimy Memorial 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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