Thursday 23 June 2011

Corporal Michael Joseph Dunbar Oates

Born on 24 December 1871 in Enniskillen, Ireland - uncle of Mrs. Fanny Nixon, Belfast, Ireland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as salesman; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 28 May 1915 (number 410846) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off strength to the Canadian Army Pay Corps Detail, CEF, on 14 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 3rd Labour Battalion, CEF, on 9 February 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 July 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 7 June 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 17 or 18 January 1919 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 May 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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