Friday 23 November 2012

Private Archie Frank Wagner

Born on 12 July 1895 in Essex, Ontario – son of David and Elizabeth Wagner, Essex, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current military service; previously served with cadets (four years); Methodist; height of 5 feet 10.5 inches; chest of 41.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Essex, Ontario, on 29 March 1915 (number 411111) – transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 17 July 1915 – killed in action on 9 April 1917 – buried in Bois-Carre British Cemetery (grave IV.A.5), France.

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

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