Thursday 8 November 2012

Private Fred Vanguilder

Born on 6 July 1881 in Tuscola County, Michigan – son of Mrs. Ana Brandt, Akron, Michigan – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Waganag[?], Michigan; trade as horseman; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; ruby complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Windsor, Ontario, on 1 January 1916 (number 207300) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 April 1917 – transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 3 April 1918 – transferred to the 8th Army Employment Company, CEF, on 14 June 1918.

(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)

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