Sunday 16 September 2012

Corporal Ernest Victor Thrift

Born on 29 July 1887 in London, England – husband of Martha Jane Thrift, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as dairyman; married (with a three year old daughter and a four month old son); no current military service; previously served with the volunteers in England (four and a half years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 6.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 April 1915 (number 410417) – 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 2 November 1916 – invalided to England on 11 November 1916 – later served with reserve units and promoted to acting-sergeant.

(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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