Friday 26 April 2013

Private John Wesley Terry

Born on 23 April 1894 in Colean, [?] – son of Charles Terry, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as mold[?] shop; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 16 August 1915 (number 144701) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 – struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 October 1916 – killed in action on 3 November 1916 – name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Terry's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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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