Thursday 17 January 2013

Private John William Wheeler

Born on 27 November 1897 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Mrs. Kate Wheeler, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as baker; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 12 November 1915 (number 145409) - departed Canada for overseas on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the 21st Battalion, CEF, on 11 July 1917 - returned to Canada on 22 May 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; anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.153)

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