Tuesday 12 February 2013

Private James Williamson

Born on 1 October 1897 in Cowdenheath, Scotland - son of Isabella Williamson, Cowdenheath, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Lansdowne, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 2.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 5 February 1916 (number 639309) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 11 or 12 August 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 5 May 1919.

(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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