Sunday 3 July 2011

Sergeant Sheldon Peter Ouderkirk

Born on 29 May 1894 in Finch Township, Ontario - son of William Henry Ouderkirk, Chesterville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bank clerk (with Bank of Ottawa in South Mountain, Ontario); single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 4.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium fair complexion; greenish-blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 17 July 1915 (number 410166) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 1 January 1917 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - wounded on 2 or 3 September 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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