Monday 3 October 2011

Private Alfred Pretty

Born on 23 June 1894 in Greenwich, Kent, England - son of Mrs. Edith Pretty, Lynn, Norfolk, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Emery, Ontario; trade as farmhand; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 11.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 1 March 1916 (number 775913) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - transferred to No.1 Tunnelling Company, CEF, on 5 February or October 1917 - transferred to 8th Battalion, Canadian Engineers, CEF, on 12 July 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)

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