Saturday 12 February 2011

Private Wilfred Merritt Messecar

Born on 4 February 1897 in Brantford, Ontario - son of Charles Leslie Messecar, Brantford, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 215th Battalion, CEF, in Brantford, Ontario, on 21 February 1916 (number 322945) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 28 March 1918 - wounded on 29 or 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 2 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)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Private Messecar was the son of C.L. Messecar the founder of the rope and twine manufacturer Brantford Cordage which grew to have 900 employees and was at one time the largest rope manufacturer in the British Empire.