Friday 16 November 2012

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant Charles Hamnett Pinhey

Born on 29 April 1891 in March, Ontario - son of Harnett Kirkes Finhay, Dunrobin, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (three years); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 4 January 1915 (number 410173) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of CQMS Pinhey's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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