Saturday 19 September 2009

Private Matthew McDonald Heatherington

Born on 2 March 1895 in Annan, Scotland - son of Isabelle Skinner, Annan, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Connaught, Ontario, trade as clerk, single, currently a member of the 97th Regiment, no previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 40 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 159th Battalion, CEF, in North Bay, Ontario, on 11 February 1916 (number 648408) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 4 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 or 5 April 1918 - wounded on 12 or 13 August 1918 - invalided to England on 28 August 1918.

(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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