Friday 7 August 2009

Sergeant Ernest Traverse Handyside

Born on 27 June 1892 in Ottawa, Ontario - husband of Emma Travase (formerly Handyside), Ormstown, Quebec - son of Hugh Handyside, Prescott, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as stair builder, single, currently serving with the Governor General's Foot Guards (since 14 January 1915), no previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 11.5 inches, chest of 40 inches fully expanded, clear complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 February 1915 (number A10347) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 5 December 1915 - killed in action on 30 July 1916 - buried in Woods Cemetery (grave II.A.3), Belgium.

(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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