Monday 22 October 2012

Private John Riley

Born on 14 December 1894 in Nelson, Lanarkshire, England - son of John Riley, Nelson, Lanarkshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 8 May 1915 (number 410389) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 14 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave III.E.17), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Riley's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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,

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