Friday 26 April 2013

Private Robert Sifton Turriff

Born on 10 March 1896 in Alameda, Saskatchewan – son of John Gillanders Turriff, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, and Eva Louisa Buchanan Turriff, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 17 March 1915 (number 411072) – transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 – declared missing, presumed dead, on 15 September 1916 – name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Turriff's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

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

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