Friday 24 September 2010

Private Joseph Clinton Masson

Born on 21 June 1898 (enlisted as 13 June 1897) in Cornwall, Ontario - son of Charles Masson, Cornwall, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 34.75 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 11 September 1915 (number 145221) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off strength to England as a "minor" on 5 April 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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