Tuesday 2 August 2011

Private Oliver Webb Paynter

Born on 16 September 1896 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of William Harry Paynter, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as grocery clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 April 1915 (number 410377) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 13 September 1916 - buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery (grave X.26), Belgium.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)


Valerie Paynter said...

I'm pleased to find this. Private Paynter is an ancestor of mine. And the red hair persists in the genes to this day.

He comes from Painters emigrating from Devon, UK in 1858 - and being a stonemason, Mr. Painter did not wish to be confused with painters so altered the spelling to Paynter.

I'd like to know more about this poor young man if it is known. Email valeriepaynter@yahoo.com

Valerie Paynter said...

A second comment! His enlistment document is interesting. Oliver LIED about his age. And his sister-in-law supported his paperwork, her name over a scratched out one (father, presumably). He did not have his immediate family's blessing or permission to do this. He was born in 1899, in fact.