Tuesday 5 June 2012

Private Robert George Spear

Born on 18 January 1895 in London, England - son of Mrs. Carrie Spear, Ottawa West, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; current a member of the active militia (no details); previously served with the Canadian Engineers (three years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 February 1915 (number 410195) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 18 December 1916.

(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)

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