Friday 3 February 2012

Private John Patrick Ryan

Born on 1 May 1897 in New York - god-son of John Frank Dunlon[?], Norfolk, New York - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Morrisburg, Ontario, on 14 September 1915 (number 145222) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off strength to the 12th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 1 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 November 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 March 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)

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