Friday 26 April 2013

Private Harry Kenneth Wells

Born on 4 April 1897 in Morrisburg, Ontario - son of Cornelius A. Wells, Morrisburg, Ontario - husband of late Cynthia Beatrice Garlough Wells - brother of Lance-Corporal Charles Wells, 38th Battalion, CEF - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Morrisburg, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Lutheran; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Morrisburg, Ontario, on 8 April 1916 (number 634017) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Wells's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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