Sunday 10 October 2010

Private Simon McBrien

Born on 28 February 1884 in Jamestown, New York - husband of Edith McBrien, Belleville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as heater in rolling mills; married; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 6 feet 2 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 155th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 8 March 1916 (number 636790) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - invalided sick to England on 25 August 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)


Anonymous said...

I have found this soldier's gravestone. It reads 636790 Corporal Simon L. McBrien 38th Battn. CEF. 19th December, 1941.

(Located in Belleville Cemetery)

Not sure if this provides any help.

Ken said...

Many thanks (belatedly) for this additional information. I will add to the entry when I next update.