Thursday 12 November 2009

Private Joseph Van Nostrand Houghan

Born on 7 February 1898 in Toronto, Ontario - son of Mabel Houghan, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother, trade as machinist, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.75 inches, chest of 32.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 16 February 1916 (number 726135) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 1 January 1917.

(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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