Sunday 29 May 2011

Private Henry William Noffke

Born on 29 August 1878 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Herman Noffke, Cummings Bridge, Ontario - brother of Fred Noffke, Eastview, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: stonemason; single; no current military service; previously served with the Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry (in Halifax, one year), the Governor General's Foot Guards (five years), and the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (five years); Lutheran; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 31 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410845) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 or 11 November 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 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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