Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Company Sergeant-Major (Warrant Officer Class II) Ian MacDonald

Born on 25 January 1870 in Calcutta, India - brother of Mrs. Agnes Gorran, Morewood, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bookkeeper; single; currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards (since 4 January 1915); previously served with the Dufferin Rifles (three years) and in South Africa; Presbyterian; height of 6 feet 0.5 inches; chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 2 March 1915 (number 410306) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - transferred to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifle Regiment, CEF, on 27 April 1916 - wounded and made a prisoner of war on 2 June 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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