Friday 10 August 2012

Private Spencer Rupert Symonds

Born on 9 November 1895 in Toronto, Ontario - next of kin listed as Herbert Symonds, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the McGill Battalion [COTC?]; no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 5.4 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 18 February 1915 (number 410902) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 - captured and made a prisoner of war on 2/4 June 1916.

(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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