Thursday, 5 August 2010

Honorary Captain Roderick Andrew MacDonell

Born on 11 March 1870 in Inverness-shire, Scotland - son of Duncan MacDonell, Ardencraig, Nairn, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Victoria, British Colubmia; trade as priest; Roman Catholic; no current or previous military service.

Joined the 67th Battalion, CEF, as the battalion chaplain in Victoria, British Columbia, on 1 November 1915 - attached to the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England as Honorary Captain and battalion chaplain on 7 August 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Chaplain Services on 8 December 1916 - ceased to be attached to the 38th Battalion on 1 March 1918.

Awarded the Military Cross.

(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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