Thursday 10 May 2012

Private Harold William Smith

Born on 5 April 1883 in Amherst Island, Ontario - son of Thomas D. Smith, Emerald, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Emerald, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; brunette complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 253rd Battalion, CEF, in Hella, Ontario, on 3 January 1917 (number 1090116) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 9 or 10 August 1918 - wounded on 29 September 1918 - invalided to England on 5 October 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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