Thursday 24 May 2012

Private William Harold Smith

Born on 22 November 1898 in Lyn, Ontario - son of Cornelius and Mary Smith, Lyn, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Lyn, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 8 February 1916 (number 639329) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - killed in action on 27 March 1918 - buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension (grave II.D.21), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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