Thursday 23 December 2010

Private Donald Dryden McLaren

Born on 20 December 1897 in Cape Rich, Ontario - son of Mrs. Annie McLaren, Meaford, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Meaford, Ontario; trade chauffeur; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist or Congregationalist; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on 30 November 1915 (number 838143) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - transferred to the 4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 1 May 1918 - wounded on 30 September 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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