Friday 2 December 2011

Lieutenant Ralph Joseph Rieger

Born on 6 September 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - son of John and Sarah J. Rieger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Edmonton, Alberta; trade as civil engineer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 6 feet 0 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 28 December 1915 (number 207260) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 12 February 1917 - wounded on 5 or 7 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 30 April 1917 - sent to England for Officer's Training Course on 14 September 1917 - commissioned as a lieutenant with the 7th Reserve Battalion, CEF, on 26 January 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 3 June 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.D.26), 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; Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, "Debt of Honour" register,

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