Sunday 2 October 2011

Private Harvey Presley

Born on 5 June 1897 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Armandine Presley, Eastview, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as electrician; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; weight of 135 pounds; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Arnprior, Ontario, on 9 March 1916 (number 788307) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - invalided sick to England on 21 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 May 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)

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