Monday 6 September 2010

Private Oliver Watson Marsh

Born on 2 March 1896 in London, England - husband of Helen Nellie Marsh, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as steamfitter; married; currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards (two and a half years); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 January 1915 (number 410357) - 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 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 23 November 1916 - transferred to the 4th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF, on 24 February 1917.

(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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