Friday 26 April 2013

Private Leland Stanford Westover

Born on 14 May 1898 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec - son of Oscar D. and Clara E. Westover, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; weight of 110 pounds; dark complexion; gray eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 May 1915 (number 410224) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Westover'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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