Friday 28 October 2011

Private Edward Rail

Born on 9 November 1895 in Coin du Banc Co., Gaspé, Quebec - son of Mr. Edward Rail, Coin du Banc Co., Gaspé, Quebec - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address same as father; single; Roman Catholic; trade as fisherman; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 27 April 1918 (number 3321319) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 October 1918 - wounded on 4 November 1918 - invalided to England on 12 November 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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