Tuesday 23 November 2010

Private Joseph McGonnell

Born on 17 January 1887 in Scotland - son of Margaret McGonnell, Granock, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Montreal, Quebec; trade as logger; single; no current military service; previously served with the 4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (in Scotland); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 May 1917 (number 2160943) - taken on the strength of the Canadian Forestry Corps in the field on 28 July 1917 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 6 or 7 October 1918 - invalided sick to England on 28 October 1918.

(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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