Sunday 19 September 2010

Private James Mascombe

Born on 5 March 1894 in Athens, Greece - cousin of Peter Kanalakos, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cafe waiter; single; no current or previous military service; Greek Orthodox; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; swarthy complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 26 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410538) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 2 or 3 September 1918 - invalided to England on 5 September 1918.

(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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