Tuesday 19 February 2013

Private John Andrew Wilson, MM

Born on 4 December 1896 in Maitland, Ontario - son of Mrs. E. Wilson, Maitland, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Maitland, Ontario; trade as chauffeur; single; currently a member of the Canal Patrol (six months); no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 1 March 1916 (number 639820) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 September 1918 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 2 November 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unite recommendation dated 7 September 1918: "For gallantry during Scarpe Operations, Sept 1st and 2nd 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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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