Friday 24 June 2011

Private Howard Fred Olds

Born on 11 June 1890 in Liverpool, Ohio - son of F.P. Olds, Longfield, Saskatchewan - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Longfield, Saskatchewan; trade as construction foreman; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 14 June 1916 (number 261590) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 16 or 17 February 1917 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 14 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 22 June 1918 - wounded on 2 or 4 November 1918 - invalided to England on 6 January 1919.

Recommended for a Military Medal, but no award made - unit recommendation dated 5 October 1918: "For Gallantry during the operations in the vicinity of Bourlon, Sept 27th to 30th 1918."

Died in 1984 - buried in White Chapel Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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