Friday 6 November 2009

Private Melvin Edgar Horkins

Born on 31 May 1897 in Grand Forks, North Dakota - son of Edward Horkins, Winnipeg, Manitoba - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father, trade as student, single, no current military service, previously served with the 407th Highland Cadets (three years), Methodist, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 8 March 1916 (number 261011) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 12 or 13 February 1917 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 11 April 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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