Wednesday 15 June 2011

Private David Patrick O'Keefe

Born on 28 June 1896 in Woolwich, England - half brother of James Nolan, Pontypride, South Wales - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as laborer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 21st Battalion, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 14 November 1914 (number 1129) - [then?] - joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 27 February 1915 (number 410570) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 11 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 July 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 15 November 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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