Thursday 30 June 2011

Private Sylvester Osborne

Born on 17 March 1885 in Peel County, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary Osborne, Burnhamthorpe, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Burnhamthorpe, Ontario; trade as lineman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 6 April 1916 (number 776042) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - wounded on 22 February 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 28 February 1917 - wounded on 29 June 1917 - invalided to England on 2 July 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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