Tuesday 16 August 2011

Private Matthew Pennington

Born on 3 October 1880 in Wigan, Lancashire, England - husband of Sara Constance Bennington, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as fireman; married (with one six year old child); no current military service; previously served with the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Hampshire Regiment (served in South African War receiving the Queen's Medal); Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 8 March 1915 (number 410169) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 29 or 31 March 1917 - invalided to England on 1 May 1917.

(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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