Sunday 7 October 2012

Private Martin Severn Tressing

Born on 4 October 1892 in Milton, North Dakota – son of Halvor and Christine/Christina Tressing, Necoma, North Dakota – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Necoma, North Dakota; trade as printer; single; currently a member of the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers; previously served with the 27th Battalion (Minneapolis, one year); Lutheran; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 14 February 1916 (number 216506) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 – died on 31 October 1917 of wounds received that day – buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery (grave VIII.D.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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