Sunday 6 May 2012

Private Delbert Lawson Smith

Born on 29 September 1880 in Cobourg, Ontario - son of John R. Smith, Alderville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Calgary, Alberta; trade as steam engineering; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 13th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, in Calgary, Alberta, on 25 May 1916 (number 228413) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 16 or 17 February 1917 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 8 May 1917 - wounded on 26 June 1917 - invalided to England on 2 July 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)

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