Thursday 4 October 2012

Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant Hubert Richard Travers, MM

Born on 3 December 1892 in Toronto, Ontario – brother of Private Harold Fergus Travers, 38th Battalion, CEF – son of Mrs. Minnie Swan Travers, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as manufacturer; single; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment, Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles (five years); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 February 1915 (number 410907) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal – no citation – unit recommendation dated 6 November 1917: “On night Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st/17 this N.C.O. displayed excellent initiative and devotion to duty in delivering rations under extremely difficult conditions.”

Commissioned as a lieutenant with the 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, on 19 January 1920 – promoted to major on 13 December 1920.

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117); Directorate of History and Heritage, Kardex 163.009 (D73), Corresp & slates of offr re reorg of CH of O & 4 MG Bn – Apr 36 / Feb 37)

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