Saturday 20 October 2012

Private Robert William Turnbull

Born on 2 December 1891 in London, England – next of kin listed as Mrs. Margaret Evans, [?] – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as furniture factory hand; single; no current military service; previously served with a cadet corps; Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 24 February 1915 (number 410647) – 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 15 April 1918 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1918 – invalided sick to England on 1 May 1919.

(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)

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