Saturday 17 December 2011

Private James Arthur Robertson, MM

Born on 24 December 1896 in Port Simpson, British Columbia - nephew of James A. Robertson, Braeside RMD, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Braeside RMD, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 2 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 12 August 1916 (number 246649) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.C.2), France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no formal citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For courageous conduct near Hallu on Aug. 10th and 11th, 1918."

(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 Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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