Wednesday 27 October 2010

Private Samuel McCracken

Born on 22 November 1887 in Barhill, Ayrshire, Scotland - son of Mrs. Janet McCracken, Barhill, Ayrshire, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as groom; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 10 April 1915 (number 410147) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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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