Sunday 28 October 2012

Private Robert John Stewart Tyhurst

Born on 25 August 1887 in North Minns, Herfordshire, England – next of kin listed as Beatrice Tyhurst, Caterham, Surrey, England – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lumberman; single; no current military service; previously served with the Essex Regiment (two years as a 2nd Lieutenant); Church of England; height of 5 feet 10.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on 24 May 1915 (number 411149) – transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 – transferred to the British Army on 23 December 1915 in order to be commissioned.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; 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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