Tuesday 11 September 2012

Lance-Corporal William Thompson

Born on 18 February 1890 in Banffshire, Scotland – son of Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, Banffshire, Scotland – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as laborer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 4 June 1915 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410905) – 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 22 or 23 February 1917 – invalided to England on 7 March 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 September 1918 – wounded on 29 September 1918 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 10 November 1918 – invalided sick to England on 3 May 1919.

(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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