Saturday 7 January 2012

Sergeant Charles Atkinson Rooney

Born on 4 April 1886 in Ottawa, Ontario - husband of Ethel Marion Rooney, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as engraver; married; no current or previous military service; previously served with the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (four years) and the Army Service Corps (one year); Church of England; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; medium dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, as a private in Ottawa, Ontario, on 15 June 1916 (number 145889) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - attached to the 4th Division Headquarters from 1 September 1916 - struck off strength to the 4th Division Headquarters, CEF, on 14 July 1917.

(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; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.139)

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