Saturday 20 April 2013

Private William Henry Lawrence Tait

Born on 10 August 1898 in Eganville, Ontario - son of Alex W. and Mary Jane Tait, Eganville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Eganville, Ontario; trade as mill employee; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9.875 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; weight of 158 pounds; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 2 October 1916 (number 1042146) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

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

(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, 240th Battalion, CEF; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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