Tuesday 6 November 2012

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant Harry Howard Vance

Born on 4 November 1892 in Brockville, Ontario – son of John and Elizabeth Vance, Brockville, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as railroader; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 6 feet 1 inch; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; light complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 5 March 1915 (number 410651) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – died on 1 November 1917 of wounds received that day – buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (grave XXI.CC.9A), Belgium.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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