Thursday 16 February 2012

Private John Edwin Sandford

Born on 26 November 1872 in Torquay, England - husband of Esther Sandford, Lindsay, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as grocery clerk; married; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 9 February 1916 (number 725234) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - struck off strength to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 5 March 1918 - later promoted to Acting-Corporal.

(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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