Saturday 29 September 2012

Private Harold Cecil Poynter

Born on 20 August 1896 in Bromley, Kent, England - son of Julia A. Poynter, Montreal, Quebec - brother of Private Arthur George Poynter, 38th Battalion, CEF - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farm labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 6.75 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 28 May 1915 (number 410589) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - buried in Regina Trench Cemetery (grave V.E.8), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Poynter's headstone at Regina Trench Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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