Friday 22 March 2013

Private Joseph William Hanley

Born on 25 December 1895 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Joseph and Mary (nee Kirby) Hanley, Calgary, Alberta - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bell boy, single, currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards (since 30 January 1915), no previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 4.75 inches, chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded, fresh complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 February 1915 (number 410301) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 18 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hanley'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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