Sunday 6 May 2012

Private David Smith

Born on 11 March 1897 in Scotland - son of David Smith, Whitingside, Massachusetts - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Saint John, New Brunswick; trade as machine operator; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 11 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the Divisional Signals Training Depot, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in Saint John, New Brunswick, on 12 June 1917 (number 2265700) - taken on the strength of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 10 May 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 5 or 6 June 1918 - wounded on 2 November 1918 - invalided to England on 7 November 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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