Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Private Herbert Lawrence Mahaffy

Born on 8 December 1892 in Toronto, Ontario - next of kin listed as D. Mahaffy, Board of Trade, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill University student; single; currently a member of the McGill University Canadian Officers' Training Corps; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7.1 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 29 April 1915 (number 411145) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - transferred to 2nd Tunneling Company, CEF, on 23 June 1916 - commissioned as a Lieutenant at some point.

(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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