Friday 16 September 2011

Private William Polonsky

Born on 14 March 1894 or 1895 in Monasteristhe, P. Kief, Russia - son of Mrs. Motrone Polonsky, Monasteristhe, P. Kief, Russia - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Renfrew, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the 38th Regiment Dufferin Rifles; Greek Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; weight of 155 pounds; fair complexion; brown eyes; fair hair.

Joined the CEF in Niagara, Ontario, on 18 August 1915 (number 409521) - [then] - joined the 215th Battalion, CEF, in Brantford, Ontario, on 29 May 1916 - discharged[?] in December 1916 - joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 2 April 1917 (number 1043106) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 - wounded on 13 November 1917 - invalided to England on 19 November 1917 - transferred to the 10th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF, on 22 May 1918.

(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; Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF)

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