Saturday 25 August 2012

Private Joseph Tennisco, MM

Born on 30 April 1882 in Golden Lake, Ontario – son of Mrs. George Crawford, Mattawa, Ontario – brother of Private Alexander Tennisco, 38th Battalion, CEF – at the time of his enlistment in 1917: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 41.5 inches fully expanded; weight of 165 pounds; dark Indian complexion; brown eyes; nearly black hair.

Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 29 January 1917 (number 1042937) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 – invalided sick to England on 19 February 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal – no official citation – unit recommendation dated November 1918: “For gallantry during operation around Valenciennes from Nov. 1 to 5/18.”

(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); Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF)

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