Saturday 25 December 2010

Private William Ed McLaughlin

Born on 17 May 1900 (entered 1899 on his attestation form) in Kingston, Ontario - son of James McLaughlin, Kingston, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as father; no trade; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 6 feet 1 inch; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 November 1915 (number 145331) - sailed for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off strength to England as a minor on 19 January 1917 - repatriated to Canada on 4 April 1917.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.129)

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