Monday 9 July 2012

Lance-Corporal Eugene Steyvers, MM and Bar

Born on 9 May 1900 (entered 1898 on enlistment form) in Belgium - son of Emil Steyvers, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as driver; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 2.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 9 December 1916 (number 246776) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 19 January or 27 March 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For courageous conduct during operations near Hallu 10th and 11th Aug./18."

Awarded the Bar to the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated November 1918: "For gallantry during operation in around [sic] Valenciennes from Nov. 1 to 5/18."

Died in Arnprior, Ontario, in 1920.

(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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