Friday 3 May 2013

Private William Winkworth

Born on 10 October 1895 in Ontario - son of William and Eva Winkworth, Swansea, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as machinist; single; no current military service; previously served with the 10th Royal Grenadiers (two years); Baptist; height of 5 feet 6.75 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 5 February 1916 (number 669607) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - killed in action on 13 January 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Winkworth's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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