Monday 23 April 2012

Private John James Singleton

Born on 17 March 1890 in Watertown, New York - son of Mrs. Catherine Singleton, Watertown, New York - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook; single; no current military service; previously served with the US Army (three years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 12 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410886) - 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 11 April 1917 - later served with reserve units.

(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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