Friday 22 February 2013

Private Robert Archibald Wilson

Born on 6 October 1897 in Toronto, Ontario - son of Minnie Wilson, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as cutter; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 4.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 17 January 1916 (number 669466) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - invalided to England as a "minor" on 14 April 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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