Sunday 4 December 2011

Private Walter Celestian Risch

Born on 1 September 1885 in London, England - son of Mrs. Fanny Risch, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook; single; no current military service; previously served with the 3rd VB Queens (England, two years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 May 1915 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410868) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 6 July 1916.

(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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