Friday 4 January 2013

Sergeant James Edward Welch

Born on 4 June 1892 in London, England - husband of Emily Hannah Welch, Ottawa, Ontario - son of Mrs. Elizabeth Welch, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lumberman; single [?]; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 24 February 1915 (number 410221) - 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 3 January 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 19 January 1917 - wounded on 5 April 1917 - invalided to England on 21 April 1917.

(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)

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