Thursday 9 August 2012

Private John Sylvain

Born on 28 December 1897 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of John Sylvain, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as carpenter; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 March 1916 (number 640026) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 28 or 29 March 1918 - struck off strength to England on 24 January 1919.

(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)

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