Tuesday 6 November 2012

Corporal Jack Abram Van Ness

Born on 22 September 1892 in Buckingham, Quebec – son of Abraham and Jane Van Ness, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as engineer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 10.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 May 1915 (number 410214) – 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 30 September 1918 – invalided to England on 6 October 1918.

(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)

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