Monday 29 March 2010

Lieutenant Silas Knapp, MM

Born on 23 August 1892 in Robeck, Ontario - son of John Knapp, Spencerville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the 4th Hussars of Canada (two years); no previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 June 1915 (number 410122) - 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 18 or 19 November 1916 - invalided to England on 26 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 18 or 19 April 1917 - sent to England for Officer Training Course on 20 September 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion [as a Lieutenant?] on 6 September 1918 - wounded on 27 or 28 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 14 October 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 21 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal (when Corporal) - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 3 July 1917: "He performed valuable work and showed great dash and courage in rushing an enemy machine gun emplacement."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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