Saturday 17 April 2010

Private James Laidlaw

Born on 27 October 1897 in Edinburgh, Scotland - brother of Robert Laidlaw, Stittsville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Seagrove[?], Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 29 November 1915 (number 724604) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Canadian Cemetery No.2 (Special Memorial No.17), 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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