Tuesday 24 January 2012

Private Ernest David Ruffles

Alias Ernest Allan - born on 31 August 1892 in Broadstairs, Kent, England - foster son of Mrs. Mary Littlejohn, Mitchell, Ontario - friend of Mrs. W. Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as sawyer; single; no current military service; previously served with the Royal Canadian Regiment (three years); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 19 March 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410670) - 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 26 March 1917 - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave VII.F.21), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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