Saturday 2 June 2012

Private Ernest Sparks

Brn on 5 January 1890 in London, England - son of Anne Sparks, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently serving with the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (since 13 April 1915); no previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; swarthy complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 May 1915 (number 410194) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 22 September 1916 - buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery (grave Y.24), 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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