Saturday, 17 March 2012

Honorary Captain Harold Irwin Horsey

Born on 21 July 1867 in Kingston, Ontario - husband of Lillian Sammie[?] Horsey, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clergyman, married, currently a member of the Reserve of the Active Militia, previously served with the 14th Prince of Wales Regiment and the Midland Battalion (Northwest Rebellion of 1885), Congregationalist, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, gray hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, as Battalion Chaplain on 29 June 1915 - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - served as a Lieutenant from 10 August to 8 December 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - promoted to Honorary Captain (Chaplain) on 8 December 1916 - sent to England for duty on 23 March 1917 - later served as an Honorary Major with the Canadian Chaplain Services in Canada.

Buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(Updated with an image of Capt Horsey's headstone in Beechwood Cemetery).

(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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