Monday 4 July 2011

Private Arthur Ousman

Born on 16 April 1894 in Lancashire, England - son of Joel and Elizabeth Ousman, Calgary, Alberta (later Montreal, Quebec) - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as masher/mosher[?]; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 56th Battalion, CEF, in Calgary, Alberta, on 12 May 1915 (number 446832) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 3 or 4 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Canadian Cemetery No.2 (Sp. Mem. No.23), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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