Monday 26 September 2011

Private René Potvin

Born on 7 May 1895 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Louise Potvin, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address same as father; married; Roman Catholic; trade as banker; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 3.25 inches; chest of 32.5 inches fully expanded; medium dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 24 January 1918 (number 3056305) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 9 or 10 August 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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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