Thursday 1 November 2012

Private Ira William Utman

Born on 1 December 1890 in Carlsbad Springs, Ontario – next of kin listed as Mrs. Rebecca Utman, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as painter; married; no current military service; previously served with the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles (six months) and the Army Medical Corps (six months); Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 29 July 1915 (number 1263817) – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF (number 410910) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – invalided sick to England on 14 February 1917 – later served with reserve units.

(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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