Tuesday 20 December 2011

Private William Duncan Robertson

Born on 10 February 1896 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario - next of kin listed as Reverend Alex Robertson, Vankleek Hill, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current military service; previously served with the Vankleek Hill Collegiate cadet corps; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 11.75 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; hazel eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 14 January 1915 (number 410183) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 25 or 26 June 1917 - invalided to England on 30 June 1917.

(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)

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