Monday 5 December 2011

Lieutenant Albert Ritchie

Born on 2 January 1895 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland - brother of David Ritchie, Laytonstone, [Scotland?] - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as steward; single; no current military service; previously served with the Royal Navy (four years); Congregationalist; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 21st Battalion, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 4 May 1915 (number 59837) - landed in France with the 21st Battalion on 14 September 1915 - invalided sick to England on 17 March 1916 - commissioned and promoted to lieutenant with the 39th Battalion, CEF, on 20 November 1916 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 November or 1 December 1916 - attended a grenade course from 17 to 23 December 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 24 December 1916 - attended a Machine Gun Course, 4th Divisional School, on 27 December 1916 - attached to the 16th Canadian Machine Gun Company, CEF, from 1 January to 1 October 1917 - attached to the Canadian Machine Gun Reinforcement Camp, CEF, from 2 October to 19 October 1917 - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 20 October 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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