Friday 26 April 2013

Private Frank David Valentine

Born on 1 January 1891 in Aberdeen, Scotland – son of late William and Eliza Valentine, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Mountain, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in South Mountain, Ontario, on 1 February 1916 (number 633384) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 – killed in action on 26 June 1917 – name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Valentine's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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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