Sunday 19 June 2011

Corporal William John O'Neill

Born on 3 April 1892 in Omemee, Ontario - son of Mrs. Emma O'Neill, Omemee, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Omemee, Ontario; trade as teacher; single; no current military service; previously served with the 45th Regiment (three years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; black hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 20 January 1916 (number 725178) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - invalided sick to England on 25 February 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 July 1917 - wounded on 1 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 28 November 1917 - wounded on 10 August 1918 - invalided to England on 16 August 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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