Thursday 20 December 2012

Private Lawrence Watkinson

Born on 17 September 1887 in St. Helens, Lancashire, England - husband of Elizabeth Watkinson, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as paper box maker; married; no current military service; previously served with the British Army (private, seven years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 4.5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fresh complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 204th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 8 June 1916 (number 237972) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 28 March 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(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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