Tuesday 26 February 2013

Private George William Winchester

Born on 26 February 1898 in Saint John, New Brunswick - son of William Wilfred Winchester, Saint John, New Brunswick - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as shoemaker; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 32.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 237th Battalion, CEF, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 3 July 1916 (number 1033101) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 September 1917 - wounded on 15 March 1918 - invalided to England on 21 March 1918.

(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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