Tuesday 27 September 2011

Private John Mitchell Powell, MM

Born on 10 May 1893 in Eltham, Kent, England - husband of Dora Powell, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bell-boy; married; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 January 1915 (number 410382) - 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 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 9 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 8 or 12 April 1918 - wounded on 10 or 12 August 1918 - invalided to England on 12 August 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For good work in operations near Rosieres on 11th Aug. 1918."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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