Monday 13 August 2012

Private Charles Tavener

Born on 13 August 1898 in Bedfordshire, England - son of Charles and Mary A. Tavener, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address same as other; trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 10.75 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; sallow complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 19 March 1917 (number 2304334) - taken on the strength of the 58th Battalion, CEF, on 7 April 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 12 or 13 August 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.C.31), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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