Wednesday 13 April 2011

Corporal Burton Oliver Muir, MM

Born on 19 August 1896 in Seaforth, Ontario - son of John Muir, Seaforth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Seaforth, Ontario; trade as leggings cutter; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion, blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Seaforth, Ontario, on 20 January 1916 (number 654303) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - wounded on 26 March 1917 - invalided to England on 15 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 or 11 November 1917 - wounded on 26 April 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 5 October 1918: "For Gallantry during the operations in the vicinity of Bourlon, 27th Sept 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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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