Tuesday 7 August 2012

Private William Stancombe Purnell Swimmings

Born on 5 December 1882 in London, England - husband of Elizabeth Swimmings, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as driver; married; currently a member with the 59th Peterboro Rangers (one year); no previous military service; Salvation Army; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 February 1915 (number 410202) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 31 August 1916 - invalided to England on 6 September 1916 - later served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps, CEF.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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