Wednesday 6 July 2011

Private Christopher John Owens

Born on 14 March 1868 in London, England - husband of Louisa Owens, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as laborer; married; no current military service; previously served with the Royal Garrison Artillery (twenty-one years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; grey hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 8 March 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410848) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - later served with the Canadian Records Office and promoted to acting-corporal.

(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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