Tuesday 26 April 2011

Private John Frederick Murphy

Born on 1 October 1882 in Perth, Ontario - son of Mrs. Catherine Murphy, Perth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; swarthy complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Rockcliffe Camp (Ottawa), Ontario, on 1 October 1915 (number 145241) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 25 May 1916.

(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)

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