Monday 7 September 2009

Private David Eldon Hastings

Born on 21 October 1890 in Turnberry Township, Ontario - brother of Alvin Hastings, New Liskeard, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Wingham, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded, clear complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Wingham, Ontario, on 1 May 1916 (number 654760) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - wounded on 2 September 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 8 September 1917 - killed in action on 22 April 1918 - buried in La Targette British Cemetery (number I.J.29), France.

(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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