Wednesday 8 August 2012

Private Joseph William Sykes

Born on 7 March 1897 in Middleboro, Yorkshire, England - friend of Mrs. Ezra Dunbar, Sillsville, Ontario - no living relatives "to my knowledge" - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 2.5 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Napanee, Ontario, on 18 May 1915 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410898) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 26 December 1917.

(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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