Friday 22 March 2013

Private Joseph Patrick Hannigan

Born on 12 May 1898 in Newburg, New Brunswick - son of Mrs. Thomas Hannigan, Woodstock, New Brunswick - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as millhelper, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, on 17 August 1916 (number 1033261) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 April 1917 - killed in action on 27 June 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hannigan'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" database (

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