Wednesday 10 August 2011

Private William Ely Piddington

Born on 25 November 1882 in London, England - next of kin listed as Mrs. Dorothy H. Piddington, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 32 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on 24 May 1915 (number 411148) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 18 October 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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