Sunday 2 October 2011

Private Walter Herbert Press

Born on 9 December 1891 in Toronto, Ontario - son of Mary Jane Press, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as piano maker; single; no current military service; previously served with the 45th Regiment (two months); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 12 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion on 22 June 1915 (number 410590) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 16 March 1917 - invalided to England on 23 March 1917.

(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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