Wednesday 26 January 2011

Private Ogle Alexander McRae

Born on 6 December 1897 in Meldrum Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario - son of Mrs. Ida McRae, Owen Sound, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as bookkeeper; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on 10 April 1916 (number 839049) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - wounded on 31 March 1918 - invalided to England on 5 April 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 September 1918 - wounded on 29 or 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 19 October 1918.

(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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