Saturday, 28 August 2010

Sergeant William Charles Marchant

Born on 3 May 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - son of Mrs. Elizabeth Marchant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as clerical work; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; blonde eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 237th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 31 August 1916 (number 1033292) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 16 or 17 February 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 January 1918 - wounded on 26 April 1918 - invalided to England on 2 May 1918.

Recommended for an unnamed decoration on 3 July 1917: "For splendid service rendered during the attack on La Coulotte and Avion Trench." - no award.

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

No comments: