Thursday 6 August 2009

Private Joseph Hand

Born on 26 November 1886 in Staffordshire, England - husband of Margaret Hand, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as decorator, married, no current military service, previously served with the "Mounted Rifles" for three months, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet ? inches, chest of 3? inches fully expanded, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 24 June 1915 (number 144436) - sailed for overseas with the 77th Battalion on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 27 October 1916 - invalided to England on 5 January 1917 - invalided to Canada for further medical treatment on 13 May 1917.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926, p.106)

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