Wednesday 6 June 2012

Private Robert Harold Spears

Born on 22 May 1891 in Tory Hill, Haliburton County, Ontario - son of Alexander Spears, Scarborough, Ontario, and Mrs. Ann Spears, East Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as teamster; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 10.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 1 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410891) - 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 20 October 1916 - invalided to England on 11 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 July 1917 - wounded on 11 August 1918 - invalided to England on 21 August 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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