Wednesday 5 October 2011

Private James Alexander Priest

Born on 28 February 1887 in Atwood, Perth County, Ontario - son of James Priest, Hensall, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Hensall, Ontario; trade as express porter; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Hensall, Ontario, on 22 April 1916 (number 654761) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - wounded on 26 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 July 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 13 May 1918 - wounded on 27 or 30 August 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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