Saturday 20 April 2013

Private Jean Evangeliste Ranger

Born on 27 December 1895 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Alfred Ranger and Domitilde Proulx, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as boat's fireman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 12 January 1915 (number 410317) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - captured and made a prisoner of war on 21 November 1916 - died the same day - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Ranger's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012.  I realize that he is not "LL Ranger", but there is no other "Ranger" on the Vimy Memorial not another Canadian fatality with no known remains under the surname "Ranger").

(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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