Friday 19 February 2010

Private Franklin Mager Keffer

Born on 14 October 1893 in Hespeler, Ontario - next of kin listed as Wellington Keffer, Hespeler, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; medium complexion.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 18 March 1915 (number 411083) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - killed in action on 2 June 1916 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10), 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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