Friday 11 September 2009

Private Joseph Benjamin Hawkins

Born on 26 April 1896 in London, Ontario - brother of Mrs. Esther[?] Ward, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as sister, trade as bugler, single, no current military service, previously served with the 109th Regiment (one year), Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 9.5 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, gray eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 20 December 1915 (number 775080) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 18 April 1917.

(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)

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