Tuesday 25 August 2009

Private Herbert John Harris

Born in October 1896 in Boston, Massachusetts - son of Edward Harris, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father, trade as wire worker, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, light complexion, grey eyes, light hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 26 January 1916 (number 207764) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 16 or 17 February 1917 - wounded on 31 October 1917 - invalided to England on 5 November 1917.

(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)

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