Thursday 5 July 2012

Private Thomas Fraser

Born on 12 April 1896 in Bannockburn, Scotland – son of Mrs. I.S. Fraser, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as telegraph operator; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 July 1915 (number 144085) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – wounded on 29 October 1916 – died of those wounds on 13 December 1916 – buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension (grave O.III.P.1), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,; anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926, p.100)

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