Saturday 14 July 2012

Sergeant Walter George William Stokes, MM

Born on 12 February 1891 in Bristol, England - son of Mrs. Mary Jane Stokes, Montag[?] Glen, South Wales - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as groom; single; currently a member of the Volunteers in England; no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 14 January 1915 (number 410629) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 October 1916 - transferred to the 15th Battalion, CEF, on 10 July 1918 - wounded on 27 or 28 September 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 3 July 1917: "He showed the most untiring energy and cheerful spirit throughout the attack on La Coulotte and Avion."

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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