Thursday 15 September 2011

Private Melvin Everett Polmateer

Born on 9 April 1895 in St. Ola, Ontario - son of William R. and Maggie E. Polmateer, St. Ola, Ontario - brother of Private Sherman Polmateer, 38th Battalin, CEF - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Ormsby, Ontario; single; Methodist; trade as labourer; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 7 January 1918 (number 3055514) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 17 or 18 August 1918 - killed in action on 29 September 1918 - buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery (grave II.C.4), France.

(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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