Monday 9 May 2011

Corporal Robert Atkinson Needham

Born on 8 September 1894 in York, Ontario - son of Robert Needham, Summerville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Summerville, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current military service; previously served with the Home Guard; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 11 December 1915 (number 775142) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 21 May 1917 - invalided to England on 28 May 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 November 1917 - wounded on 3 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 26 April 1919.

(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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