Sunday 9 December 2012

Private William Ward

Born on 3 May 1890 in Edinburgh, Scotland – son of Mrs. Sarah Ward, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as baker; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 2.25 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 October 1915 (number 145304) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – wounded on 16 May 1917 – invalided to England on 23 May 1917 – later served with the Corps of Military Staff Clerks and promoted to sergeant - repatriated to Canada on 16 March 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; anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.151)

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