Sunday, 15 August 2010

Private Gordon Angus MacPherson

Born on 17 October 1891 in Cape North, Nova Scotia - son of M. MacPherson, Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 6 feet 0 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Attended McGill College British Columbia in the Arts faculty from 1914 to 1915.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411037) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - transferred to the imperial army on 31 December 1915 in order to be commissioned - transferred to the 21st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, as a Second Lieutenant in January 1916 - transferred to the 14th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, as a Captain in June 1916 - landed in France in February 1917 - injured in October 1918 - transferred to the 53rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, with the Army of Occupation in March 1919 - discharged and repatriated to Canada in February 1920.

Attended the University of British Columbia in the Arts faculty from 1920 to 1922.

(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, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.84)

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