Monday 9 May 2011

Private Ernest Needham

Born on 11 August 1897 in Lambton Mills, 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 or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; gray eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 31 December 1915 (number 775144) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - invalided sick to England on 31 May 1917.

(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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