Thursday 24 May 2012

Private William Smith

Born on 19 February 1889 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England - son of Thomas Smith, Pawtucket, Rhode Island - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; trade as machine inspector; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the Signals Training Depot, Canadian Engineers, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 17 July 1917 (number 2265945) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 2 or 3 October 1918 - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 7 November 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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