Saturday 12 February 2011

Private Alvin Mertz

Born on 25 October 1886 in Waterloo County, Ontario - son of John Mertz, Lanigan, Saskatchewan - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Lanigan, Saskatchewan; single; Presbyterian; trade as tinsmith; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment, CEF, in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 21 March 1918 (number 258850) - taken on the strength of the 28th Battalion, CEF, on 6 September 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 21 or 22 September 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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