Tuesday 26 July 2011

Private William James Paterson

Born on 2 July 1896 in Westmount, Quebec - next of kin listed as John A. Paterson, Westmount, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the MacDonald College COTC; no previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 9.6 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 15 March 1915 (number 410965) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - wounded and made a prisoner of war on 2 June 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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