Saturday, 10 March 2012

Private William John Scoular

Born on 1 August 1894 in Glasgow, Scotland - son of Mrs. William Foster, Newcastle on Tyne, England - brother of Mrs. Emerson Arbuthnot, Russell, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3.5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 July 1915 (number 410188) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 21 December 1917.

(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)


Anonymous said...

Ok, this is strange, because he was my grandfather. As far as we knew, he had red hair and was the son of Samuel Scoular, whos wife was Elizabeth Shields. He was sent to Canada, in slavery, as a "home boy" from Quarriers orphanage in Scotand. He tried to covered his past and basically lied about everything, so it's really hard to find information on him. At one point, he assumed the identity of his sister's husband's ( Emmerson Arbuthnot's) brother inlaw, a Mr. Stanley Harrison. This is the name that our family has now, because of him! Grr. Who was this guy? The orphanage in Scotland has information on him, that I am waiting for so maybe I can find out who he really was.

Anonymous said...

And anyways, if he was the son of someone named William Foster, why would his and his sister's last names be Scoular? Something fishy here. Unless Foster was the name of the family that bought him from Quarriers. He was kept as a slave and had to sleep in the barn with the animals. That is why he joined the war.