Friday 4 November 2011

Private Thomas Wesley Rawlings

Born on 30 December 1896 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of M. Rawlings, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as electrician; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 13 July 1915 (number 144024) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 July 1917 - died on 17 March 1918 of wounds received that day - buried in Houchin British Cemetery (grave I.G.10), France.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.136)

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