Friday 3 February 2012

Private James Patrick Ryan

Born on 18 January 1896 in Aldershot, England - brother of Mrs. G. Whitson, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farm labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5.25 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 31 May 1915 (number 410876) - 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 30 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 14 December 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 17 March 1918 - transferred to the 4th Division Employment Company, CEF, on 5 May 1918.

(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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