Sunday 24 February 2013

Acting Sergeant (Private) John Hill

Born on 6 April 1892 or 1893 in Dundee, Scotland - husband of Charlotte Hill, New Edinburgh, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as machinist, married, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 24 February 1915 (number 410109) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 27 or 30 October 1918 to attend Officer's Training Course - did not receive a commission due to the signing of the Armistice - joined the Headquarters, Canadian Army Service Corps Service Company on 1 May 1919 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Recommended for a Meritorious Service Medal, but no award made - unit recommendation dated 14 December 1917: "Recommended for Meritorious Service Medal for consistent good work in the capacity of Hdqrs. Q.M.S."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117)

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