Friday 2 September 2011

Private William Picard

Born on 6 July 1897 in Alexandria, Ontario - son of Mrs. Josephine Picard, Green Valley, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Alexandria, Ontario, on 21 September 1915 (number 145218) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 3 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 8 November 1916 - transferred to the 2nd Tram Company, Canadian Engineers, CEF, on 23 November 1917.

(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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