Thursday 6 August 2009

Private Harry M. Hands

Born on 17 June 1895 in Durham, England - next of kin listed as Mrs. Mary Hands, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as draughtsman, no current military service, previously served with the Governor General's Foot Guards (two years), Congregationalist, height of 5 feet 6.75 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 17 May 1915 (number 410590) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 2 October 1915.

(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)

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