Friday 6 May 2011

Private James Naismith

Born on 24 August 1873 in Lanark, Scotland - husband of Elizabeth Naismith, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as carpenter; married; no current military service; previously served with the VBHW[?] (Glasgow, Scotland, five years); Baptist or Congregationalist; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; brown complexion; green eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 10 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410158) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 2 November 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 12 January 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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