Sunday, 29 April 2012

Private William John Smalldridge

Born on 1 March 1895 in London, England - son of Mrs. Pilgrim, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as plumber; single; currently a member of the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (two years); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 2 March 1915 (number 410491) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 11 October 1915 - wounded on 10 or 15 June 1916 - wounded on 26 or 31 July 1918.

(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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