Wednesday 19 October 2011

Lieutenant Charles Arthur Pym

Born on 23 October 1893 in Port Hope, Ontario - son of Katherine Pym, Lindsay, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as mother; trade as hardware clerk; single; no current military service; previously served with the 45th Victoria Regiment (one year with medical staff); Church of England; height of 5 feet 10.5 inches; chest of 29 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, as a sergeant in Rockcliffe Camp, Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 October 1915 (number 145286) - qualified in musketry and bayonet fighting - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - wounded on 28 October 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 25 November 1916 - wounded on 20 or 28 May 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 September 1917 - sent to England for Officers' Training Course on 10 May 1918 - commissioned on 22 November 1918 as a lieutenant with the 6th Reserve Battalion - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 March 1919 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 17 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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926, p.75)

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