Friday 23 November 2012

Private James Walton Quinn

Born on 24 August 1894 in Newington, Ontario - son of Mrs. James Quinn, Newington, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Newington, Ontario; trade as railroad brakeman; single; currently a member of the Canal Patrol (four months); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 39.25 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 28 January 1916 (number 633353) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 26 April 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Upated with a photo of Pte Quinn's inscription on the Vimy Memorial 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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