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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Militia was the Canadian equivalent of the British Territorial Force. He doesn't mention previous military service with any Canadian unit. Usually on the attestation papers if they were in the Militia before the war that is mentioned.

It suggests to me he signed up for the Canadian Army and the PPCLI as a Militia volunteer.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: BURN-MURDOCH, WILLIAM CALLANDER Reply with quote

It appears he attested into the 30th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. ( 385) on 9th November 1914 and joined the P.P.C.L.I. in the field on March 11, 1915 as a reinforcement.
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim

I can find the 30th Bn was the 2nd Bn. (Res. Bn.) The North British Columbia Regt. which fits in with him enlisting in Victoria in British Columbia, but the unit he enlisted into isn't on the attestation papers.

I wasn't aware of CEF service records being online.

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam

C.E.F. records are not on-line.

The 30th battalion details were found in individual research, which I have no reason to doubt, hence " it appears ". As you say, that is where he would be enlisting in Victoria, B.C..
That said it is clear on the Attestation Form he did not enlist into the Pats which gives his service number as 385 and shows the transfer.

Do we know why he is on this memorial yet?
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim

Thanks for the update. No ideas yet why he is listed here. His background may lead us to a public school in Edinburgh and they are generally quite good for short biographies. Whether than will show any Morvern connections I don't know.

The sons of landowners often show up on Highland war memorials so that may be the reason for his inclusion here. It's probably going to come down to finding an entry in a local paper.

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A relation ? Colin Burn-murdoch at Doune.
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken

It looks like they were 2nd cousins. His grandfather was a brother of William Burn-Murdoch's father.

See here:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usher/ushersct/7696.htm

I couldn't find any Morvern connection. I did find out that William Burn-Murdoch attended Edinburgh Academy though.

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