Sunday 29 January 2012

Private William McLennan

Born on 15 April 1894 in West Lorne, Ontario - brother of Miss T. McLennan, West Lorne, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in West Lorne, Ontario; trade as butcher; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 29 November 1915 (number 189531) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 1 November 1916 - invalided to England on 6 November 1916.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for the image of Pte. McLennan).

(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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