Wednesday 24 March 2010

Private Wilson Kirkey

Born on 29 September 1895 in Cornwall Township, Ontario - son of John F. and Bertha Jane Kirkey, Cornwall, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as weaver; single; no current military service; previously served with the bearer section of the 59th Regiment; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.375 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 13 April 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410333) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 23 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 January 1918 - wounded on 9 August 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 September 1918 - wounded on 30 September or 1 October 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 9 December 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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)

1 comment:

cjhoughton said...

Wilson Kirkey signed an autograph book for my Grandmother's aunt Charlotte Bradshaw while at Bradford War Hospital.