Monday 7 December 2009

Private Rexford Hurlbert

Born on 29 May 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania - son of W.B. and Elizabeth Hurlbert, Smiths Falls, Ontario - next of kin listed as Mrs. George Whiting, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as fireman, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 April 1915 (number 410773) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - killed in action on 29 November 1915 - buried in R.E. Farm Cemetery (grave III.B.12), Belgium.

(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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