Sunday 11 September 2011

Private James Poapst

Born on 5 October 1894 in Newington, Ontario - son of George Poapst, Northfield, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Mille Roche, Ontario[?]; trade as labourer; single; currently a member of the "canal guard" (eighteen months); no previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 22 March 1916 (number 640020) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 26 or 27 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 September 1917 - killed in action on 30 October 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10-18-26-28), Belgium.

(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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