Saturday, 31 July 2010

Corporal William Lester Lytle

Born on 19 December 1893 in Lindsay, Ontario - son of Eliza Lytle, Lindsay, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as mother; trade as jeweller's clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Rockcliffe Camp, Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 October 1915 (number 145283) - sailed for overseas on 19 June 1916 - served as a Sergeant with the 77th Battalion - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England as a Corporal on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - injured accidentally and invalided to England on 23 October 1917 - returned to Canada on 17 January 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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.121)

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