Monday 12 November 2012

Private Ben Venasse

Born on 10 May 1894 in Stonecliffe, Ontario – son of Andrew Venasse, Stonecliffe, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; weight of 127 pounds; dark complexion (“half breed”); dark brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Pembroke, Ontario, on 9 December 1915 (number 788808) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 – killed in action on 29 September 1918 – buried in Triangle Cemetery (grave C.20), 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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