Thursday, 22 March 2012

Private David Chapin Seymour

Born on 21 December 1885 in Ogdensburg, New York - son of Melancthon H. Seymour and Louise Elsie Chapin, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as salesman; single; currently a member of the 3rd Regiment Victoria Rifles of Canada (sergeant, ten years); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8.6 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 17 March 1915 (number 410982) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 - killed in action on 30 October 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10), Belgium.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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