Tuesday 29 January 2013

Corporal Alfred Wellham Whitehead

Born on 26 August 1892 in Nottingham, England - son of Joseph Whitehead, St. Neots[?], Hants, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as carpenter; single; currently a member of C Company, Governor General's Foot Guards (two years); previously served with the 5th Bedford Territorials (three years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 March 1915 (number 410945) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 5 January 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 January 1917 - wounded on 9 or 10 April 1917 - invalided to England on 14 April 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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