Tuesday 6 October 2009

Private Cornelius Higgins

Born on 2 December 1891 in Manchester, England - next of kin listed as Maggie Higgins, Blackpool, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as sailor, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, gray eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Alexandria, Ontario, on 27 February 1915 (number 410641) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 28 October 1915.

(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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