Saturday 9 July 2011

Private Clarence Palmer

Born on 29 April 1897 in Athens, Ontario - son of John and Eliza Palmer, Smiths Falls, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 3.5 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 1 September 1915 (number 219277) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 11 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 April 1918 - killed in action on 20 July 1918 - buried in Écoires Military Cemetery (grave VIII.A.5), 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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