Wednesday 27 March 2013

Private Alexander Hutchison

Born on 24 August 1887 in Lanarkshire, Scotland - son of George Hutchison, Lanarkshire, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as weaver, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 6.5 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 23 March 1915 (number 410784) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 27 October 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hutchison's inscription on the Vimy Memorial 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,

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