Tuesday 26 October 2010

Private Frederick William McCracken

Born on 5 November 1889 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of William and Elizabeth McCracken, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as railroad brakeman; single; no current military service; previously served with the Canadian Engineers and 59th Regiment (one year); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; fair brown eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410829) - 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 November 1916 - invalided to England on 8 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 May 1917 - wounded on 3 August 1917 - invalided to England on 8 August 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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