Saturday, 14 April 2012

Private Oscar Silverthorn

Born on 12 September 1896 in Windham, Ontario - son of Francis Silverthorn, Glenmeyer, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Verscheleye, Ontarion; trade as cheesemaker; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the Signal Training Depot, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in London, Ontario, on 28 May 1917 (number 2265556) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 or 18 April 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 3 or 6 June 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.D.37), 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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