Wednesday 8 August 2012

Private Joseph Wesley Switzer

Born on 23 August 1895 in Tamworth, Ontario - son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Switzer, Tamworth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; currently a member of the active militia; previously served with the 47th Regiment (1913-14); Methodist; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Napanee, Ontario, on 4 June 1915 (number 410987) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 27 May 1916 - joined the 254th Battalion, CEF, in Napanee, Ontario, on 8 January 1917 (number 1093245) - taken on the strength of the 21st Battalion, CEF, on 17 October 1917 - wounded on 3 or 5 March 1918 - killed in action on 11 October 1918 - buried in Niagara Cemetery (grave D.5), France.

(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; Sailing List, 254th Battalion, CEF; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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