Friday 6 January 2012

Private Walter Ernest Rooke

Born on 25 April 1892 in Eastbourne, England brother of Richard James Davis Rooke, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as engineer / chauffeur; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 4.25 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; greyish blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 July 1915 (number 410395) - 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 15 September 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 18 September 1916 - wounded at duty 12 August 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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)


K4C said...


How can I get more info about Mr Rooke ?

Ken said...

The best source beyond what I've provided is his military service file, held by Library and Archives Canada. You can order a copy of this file at