Wednesday 2 May 2012

Private William Alexander Smellie

Born on 6 August 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland - next of kin listed as Mrs. W.A. Smellie, Hamilton, Bermuda - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as tailor; married; currently a member of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifles (one year); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Prospect, Bermuda, on 26 August 1915 (number 410887) - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 12 August 1918 - invalided to England on 14 August 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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