Sunday 5 August 2012

Private George Sweeney, MM

Born on 23 March 1892 in Rankin, Ontario - son of Mrs. Fanny Sweeney, Rankin, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as railway trainman; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; greyish blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 12 January 1915 (number 410632) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 3 January 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 January 1917 - wounded on 6 April 1917 - invalided to England on 9 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 22 June 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 5 October 1918: "For gallantry during the operations in vicinity of Bourlon, 27th September 1918."

(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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