Tuesday 3 July 2012

Private David Stewart

Born on 14 October 1875 in Brexburn, Scotland - husband of Mary Stewart, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as iron worker; married; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 6.25 inches fully expanded; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 26 February 1916 (number 669870) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - wounded on 27 March 1918 - invalided to England on 1 April 1918.

Awarded a Mention-in-Despatches - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 7 November 1917: "Throughout operations Oct. 29th to Nov. 2/17 this man displayed conspicuous courage and devotion. He worked most courageously and unceasingly as a S.B. and later volunteered to act as runner."

(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; 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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