Monday 6 February 2012

Private James Peterkin

Born on 13 July 1883 in Greenock, Scotland - son of James Peterkin, Greenock, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in St. Thomas, Ontario; trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3.25 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 12 February 1916 (number 190063) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 3 December 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1917 - wounded on 12 August 1918 - invalided to England on 14 August 1918.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Pte. Peterkin).

(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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