Friday 1 February 2013

Private Joseph Aloysius Whittaker

Born on 1 May 1896 in Stockport, Lancashire, England - next of kin listed as Mrs. Mary Whittaker, Lee Farm Cottage, Derbyshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as benchman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; swarthy complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 18 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410435) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 24 February 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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