Sunday 12 December 2010

Private Russell William McKaig

Born on 30 August 1895 in Wallaceburg, Ontario - son of William McKaig, Wallaceburg, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as motor mechanic; single; currently a member of the active militia; previously served with The Royal Canadian Regiment; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 33rd Battalion, CEF, on 2 March 1915 (number 401588) - taken on the strength of the 3rd Divisional Signal Company, CEF, on 21 January 1916 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 9 or 10 January 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 10 May 1919.

(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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