Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Private Robert Joseph Lessard

Born on 24 May 1896 in Belleville, Ontario - son of Louis Lessard, Southey, Saskatchewan - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Southey, Saskatchewan; single; Roman Catholic; trade as farm labourer; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment, CEF, in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 20 March 1918 (number 1263694) - taken on the strength of the 28th Battalion, CEF, on 6 September 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 21 or 22 September 1918 - wounded on 27 or 29 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 14 November 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)

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