Tuesday 5 July 2011

Private William Stanley Ousman

Born on 28 October 1890 in Eastham, Cheshire, England - son of Mrs. Elizabeth Ousman, Calgary, Alberta - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as secretary to Chairman, Canadian [?] Association, Montreal; single; no current or previous military service; Congregationalist; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 31 May 1915 (number 410165) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 3 January 1918 - later served with reserve units - promoted to acting-sergeant.

(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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