Sunday 16 October 2011

Private Michael Edward Purcell

Born on 4 October 1889 in Preston, Ontario - brother of Miss Mary Purcell, Prescott, Ontario - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Prescott, Ontario; single; Roman Catholic; trade as labourer; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; light complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 14 January 1918 (number 3055968) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 17 or 18 August 1918 - wounded on 29 September 1918 - invalided to England on 3 October 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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