Tuesday 9 March 2010

Private John Rowland Kilgour

Born on 22 February 1897 in Beauharnois, Quebec - next of kin listed as John Wilson and Grace P. Kilgour, Beauharnois, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the McGill University Canadian Officers' Training Corps; no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9.7 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 5 March 1915 (number 410930) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 4 June 1916 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10), Belgium.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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