Tuesday 7 August 2012

Private Ernest Obediah Switzer

Born on 27 May 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Mrs. Emily Switzer, City View, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in City View, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 June 1916 (number 246531) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - wounded on 30 March 1918 - invalided to England on 25 May 1918.

(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)

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