Wednesday 6 April 2011

Private Joseph Alexander Mortland

Born on 9 January 1877 in Liverpool, England - son of Rebecca Janes Mortland, Liverpool, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as stationary engineer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 18 February 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410823) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 30 March 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 7 April 1917 - wounded on 5 May 1918 - invalided to England on 12 May 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)

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