Friday 26 April 2013

Private Peter Ernest Walker

Born on 23 April 1894 in Ogdensburg, New York – son of the late Peter Ernest and Christine McPherson Walker – nephew of Jennie McPherson, Glenroy, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Glenroy, Ontario; trade as foreman on railroad construction; single; no current military service; previously served with the 59th Regiment home guard (Kingston, ten weeks); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded; weight of 174 pounds; sandy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 240th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 11 January 1917 (number 1042725) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 – declared missing, presumed dead, on 10 August 1918 – remains unaccounted for; name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Walker'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,; Sailing List, 240th Battalion, CEF)

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