Monday 20 June 2011

Private Melvin Joseph O'Reilly

Born on 28 February 1895 in Kingsbridge, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary O'Reilly, Kingsbridge, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Stratford, Ontario; trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 110th Battalion, CEF, in Stratford, Ontario, on 28 February 1916 (number 727622) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - wounded on 30 or 31 October 1917 - invalided to England on 10 December 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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