Friday, 30 March 2012

Private James Douglas Shearer

Son of E.S. and Annie Shearer, Smiths Falls, Ontario (later Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan).

Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, as an acting-sergeant in Renfrew, Ontario, on 1 July 1916 (number 1042029) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 November 1917 - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 28 November 1917 - died on 16 August 1918 of wounds received that day - buried in Boves West Communal Cemetery Extension (grave A.11), France.

(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; Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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