Monday 10 September 2012

Private Walter Thompson

Born on 5 November 1896 in Ottawa, Ontario – son of Mrs. Jessie Thompson, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as messenger with Canadian Pacific Railway; single; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; light complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 March 1915 (number 410373) – transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 – killed in action on 26 April 1916 – buried in Woods Cemetery (Grave II.F.4), Belgium.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,

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