Thursday 18 October 2012

Private Richard McClelland

Born on 18 July 1882 in Cumberland, England - husband of Ann McClelland, Toronto, Ontario - son of John and Mary Ann McClelland, Workington, Cumberland, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as pipe moulder; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; black hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 21 January 1916 (number 669259) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - wounded on 30 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 July 1917 - killed in action on 17 August 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave X.C.8), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte McClelland's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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