Monday 25 July 2011

Private Wilfrid David Paterson

Born on 25 March 1897 in Owen Sound, Ontario - son of Joseph Paterson, Owen Sound, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as salesman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 11.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on 15 May 1916 (number 839105) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Battalion, CEF, on 25 October 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 12 January 1918.

(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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