Friday 16 December 2011

Private Herman Robertson

Born on 11 April 1896 in Fairbault, Rice County, Minnesota - nephew of Albert Thompson, Brocket, Ramsey County, North Dakota - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Portal, North Dakota; trade as baggageman; single; no current or previous military service; Lutheran; height of 5 feet 11 inches; chest of 37.25 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, on 5 April 1916 (number 261143) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 - wounded on 6 September 1917 - invalided to England on 11 September 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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