Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Private Johanner Wilhemis Martens

Born on 24 October 1886 in North Holland, Netherlands - husband of Susan Martens, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as machinist; married (with three children aged six, four and two years); no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; greyish blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 July 1915 (number 410138) - 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 1 or 2 September 1918 - invalided to England on 6 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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