Wednesday 27 March 2013

Private George Hearns

Born on 6 September 1897 in Frankford, Ontario - friend of George Henderson, Corbyville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 2.5 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 20 November 1915 (number 220233) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 18 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hearns'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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