Sunday 19 December 2010

Private Joseph McKernan

Born on 25 July 1888 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania - cousin of Miss Catherine McKernan, Johnstown, Pennsylvania - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as miner; single; no current military service; previously served in the American military (three years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 44 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; grey eyes; black hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Windsor, Ontario, on 15 March 1916 (number 208195) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 8 or 9 March 1917 - wounded on 3 September 1917 - invalided to England on 4 December 1917 - later served with the Canadian Ordnance Corps.

(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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