Sunday 12 June 2011

Private Patrick James O'Connell

Born on 30 November 1895 in London, England - son of Patrick J. O'Connell, whereabouts unknown - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as laborer; single; currently a member of the 14th Regiment Princess of Wales' Own Regiment guard (fourteen months); previously served with the 59th Fusiliers (six months); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 11 November 1915 (number 724524) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 12 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 June 1917 - wounded on 3 November 1917 - invalided to England on 8 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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