Friday 26 October 2012

Private William Peter Horrell

Born on 17 December 1885 in Plympton, St. Mary, Devonshire, England - husband of Fanny Helen Horrell, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife, trade as teamster, married, no current or previous enlistment, Church of England, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 37.75 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, gray eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 27 January 1916 (number 775769) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 27 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave III.E.16), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Horrell's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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,


Taylor said...


This is my Great Grandfather. I have a correction to make. His wife's name was Fanny, not Penny. I think I have the same document that you got the info from because it does look like Penny.

I have other documents and a good picture in uniform if interested.



Ken said...


Sorry for the delay in responding. Thanks for this - I've changed your great-grandmother's name. I'd be interested in any else you have on Pte Horrell. My e-mail address is

Thanks, Ken

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