Friday 22 October 2010

Private James Nelson McConnell

Born on 20 December 1888 in Aylwin, Quebec - son of Joseph McConnell, West Aylwin, Quebec - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Ottawa, Ontario; single; Presbyterian; trade as bridgeman; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 11 January 1918 (number 3055955) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 June 1918 - injured accidentally and invalided to England on 10 December 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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