Tuesday 6 December 2011

Private Rae George Ritchie

Born on 15 March 1894 in Vancouver, British Columbia - son of George Ritchie, Kelowna, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the McGill COTC; no previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 7.2 inches; chest of 36.2 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Attended McGill College, British Columbia, from 1911 to 1913.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 4 March 1915 (number 410929) - departed for England in May 1915 - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 - invalided to England in July 1916 - invalided to Canada in November 1917 - discharged from the CEF in July 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.111)

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