Tuesday 19 February 2013

Private Harry Powis Wilson

Born on 28 January 1875 or 1878 in Quebec, Quebec - son of Mrs. M.E. Wilson, Quebec, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as "practical engineer"; single; no current military service; previously served with the Q.O.C. Hussars (six[?] years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 July 1915 (number 144153) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 29 April 1916 - joined No. 15 Reinforcement Draft, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 14 June 1917 (number 2547343) - taken on the strength of the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 21 September 1917.

(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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