Tuesday 12 June 2012

Private Neil Sprague

Born on 26 December 1899 in Springfield, Elgin County, Ontario - grandson of Mrs. Lucinda Sprague, St. Thomas, Ontario - Aboriginal from the Oneida Reserve, Middlesex County, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 37.25 inches; dark complexion; dark brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 25 March 1916 (number 190113) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 28 May 1918 - died of those wounds on 13 June 1918 - buried in Pernes British Cemetery (grave V.A.29), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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