Monday 31 October 2011

Captain John Rankine

Born on 4 February 1882 in Port Glasgow, Scotland - son of James Rankine, Halifax, Nova Scotia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as physician and surgeon; single; currently a member of the Army Medical Corps (seven months); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 43 inches fully expanded; weight of 182 pounds; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps, CEF, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 28 October 1915 - taken on the strength of the Canadian Army Medical Corps in France on 18 June 1916 - attached to the 46th Battalion, CEF, on 28 March 1917 - attached to the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a caption and battalion medical officer on 14 June 1917 - ceased to be attached on 20 June 1917 - rejoined the Canadian Army Medical Corps on 3 August 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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