Tuesday 13 October 2009

Acting Sergeant (Private) Julius Hillas

Born on 6 December 1875 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England - husband of Effie Hillas, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as musician, married, currently a member of the Active Militia, previously served with the Imperial Army (twenty-one years), Church of England, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 42 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 May 1915 (number 410111) - served as the bandmaster of the 38th Battalion - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 18 July 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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