Wednesday 7 October 2009

Private Patrick Higgins

Born on 20 August 1894 in County Kent, England - next of kin listed as Robert Higgins, unknown address - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as teamster, single, no current military service, previously served with the Army Medical Corps at Petawawa, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 4.5 inches, chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 March 1915 (number 410310) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 6 July 1916 - taken on the strength of the 3rd Canadian Area Employment Company, CEF - killed in action on 28 June 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 32), Belgium.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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