Friday 26 August 2011

Private Asgar Oyvinn Petersen

Born on 17 January 1894 in Denmark - next of kin listed as Mrs. Isa Petersen, Copenhagen, Denmark - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 December 1914 (number 410171) - 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 19 December 1916 - later served with the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF - promoted to acting-sergeant.

Died in 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario.

(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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