Thursday 17 May 2012

Private Nelson Short Smith

Born on 15 May 1891 in Nerin Centre, Ontario - next of kin listed as Joseph Smith, Renfrew, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as barber; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 12 January 1915 (number 410816) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 26 April 1916.

Awarded the Military Medal.

(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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