Friday 25 May 2012

Private William Harvie Snelling

Born on 2 December 1899 (gave 1897 on enlistment form) in Grey Township, Huron County, Ontario - son of George Snelling, Mankton, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Mankton, Ontario; trade as farm labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; light or fair complexion; blue grey eyes; fair light brown hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Brussels, Ontario, on 29 January 1916 (number 654371) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - struck off strength to England as a "minor" on 1 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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