Thursday 28 March 2013

Corporal William Laurie

Born on 12 October 1892 in Kirkcudbright, Scotland - son of (late) William and Jessie Laurie, Dumfries, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as traveller; single; currently a member of the Active Militia (no details); previously served with the military (no details); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 35th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 5 April 1915 (number 405570) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 5 April 1918 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Cpl Laurie's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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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