Wednesday 15 December 2010

Sergeant Wilmer John McKay

Born on 25 January 1895 in Toronto, Ontario - son of May McKay, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as sawer; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 23 April 1915 (number 410555) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded at duty on 26 May 1917 - wounded at duty on 26 June 1917 - wounded on 29 January 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 March 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 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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