Thursday 16 June 2011

Private Lawrence O'Neil

Born on 11 July 1895 in Canada - son of Mrs. Jennie O'Neil, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current military service; previously served with the 2nd Field Battery (seven months); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 11.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 February 1915 (number 410164) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 2 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 9 November 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 29 November 1916.

(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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