Thursday 6 December 2012

Private Beecher Owen Ward

Born on 12 November 1895 in London, Ontario – next of kin listed as Mrs. Ward, London, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current military service; previously served with the London Collegiate Cadets; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 14 April 1915 (number 411140) – transferred to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 – captured and made a prisoner of war on 2 June 1916.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; 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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