Thursday 20 December 2012

Private Ferguson Herbert James Watson

Born on 13 November 1889 in Durham, Ontario - son of Mrs. Janet Watson, Durham, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Durham, Ontario; trade as pipe fitter; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 11 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Owen Sound, Ontario, on 3 May 1916 (number 839090) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 27 September 1918 - transferred to the 2nd Divisional Employment Company, CEF, on 21 October 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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