Thursday 18 February 2010

Private Gordon Finamore Keene

Born on 16 October 1895 in Toronto, Ontario - brother of Private Clarence Edmund Keene, 38th Battalion, CEF - son of Charles Keene, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as tinsmith; single; currently a member of "D" Company, 12th York Rangers; no previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 32 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 13 February 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 11 or 13 September 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 18 October 1916 - died of wounds on 27 March 1917 - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave VII.G.14), France.

(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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