Sunday 25 November 2012

Private Henry Wakeman

Born on 5 August 1872 in Brownsgrove, Worcestershire, England – husband of Emily Wakeman, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as plasterer and cement worker; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 17 January 1916 (number 775410) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 – transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 19 February 1918 – transferred to the 2nd Canadian Infantry Works Battalion, CEF, on 5 May 1918 – transferred to the 6th Canadian Army Employment Company, CEF, on 26 July 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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