Friday 29 July 2011

Private George Patterson

Born on 25 April 1899 (gave 25 October 1897 on attestation form) in Glasgow, Scotland - friend of Richard Cousins, Knowlton, Brome County, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as farm labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3.5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; medium brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 2 November 1916 (number 145347) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 1 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 October 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 7 May 1919 - returned to Canada on 11 June 1919.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.133)

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