Thursday 5 November 2009

Private William John Sparling Hooper

Born on 21 December 1891 in Beulah, Manitoba - son of William Hooper, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - brother of Miss V.E. Hooper, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student, single, no current or previous military service, Wesleyan, height of 5 feet 7 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 19 March 1915 (number 411091) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - [then what] - rejoined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 15 March 1916 - wounded on 4 or 7 October 1916 - commissioned into the Imperial army on 30 July 1918 - taken on the strength of the 2nd 20th London (one month) - [resigned?] - joined the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 9 October 1918 - landed in France on 7 November 1918.

(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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