Tuesday 10 May 2011

Private Charles Franklin Neely

Born on 14 February 1896 in Seaforth, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary Neely, Seaforth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Seaforth, Ontario; trade as baker; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Seaforth, Ontario, on 12 January 1916 (number 654244) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - transferred to the 3rd Labour Battalion, CEF, on 6 July 1917 - transferred to the 4th Labour Battalion, CEF, on 21 November 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 22 December 1917.

(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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