Tuesday 5 July 2011

Private John Salter ("Jack") Mills

Born on 7 August 1896 in Kingston, Ontario - son of Thomas and Maria M. Mills, Kingston, Ontario - had five brothers and a sister Florence - attended Victoria School, Kingston Collegiate Institute and Queen's University - reportedly the "crack" goalkeeper of the 1913-14 Frontenacs - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current military service; previously served with the 14th Princess of Wales' Own Regiment (three years); Church of England; height of 6 feet 0 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 12 April 1915 (number 411130) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - wounded on 31 December 1916 - killed in action on 30 October 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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