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Downie, Alexander McIntosh, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, formerly Greenock, Scotland. Occupation: Electrical Engineer. Military Service: Sapper, Reg. No. 505959, Engineer Training Depot[?], 107th Canadian Pioneer Bn., 2nd Battalion, Canadian Engineer, Attestation Papers. Possible Diary Reference: “Downie[?],” Grain Growers’ Note Pad, 1916-1917, p. 46.This reference is uncertain (1) because the surname is so unclear in Jack Beaumont’s note pad, and (2) because it is unknown whether or not Downie was in Company C, 107th Canadian Pioneer Battalion that transferred to the 2nd Battalion Canadian Engineers on 28 May 1918. Only a review of his personnel file would determine if the transfer occurred.
Additional Biographical Information:
10 June 1918: “Attachments-On Command. The U/m are On Command to the Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Co., C.E. pending authority transfer 9-6-18 … 505959 Sapper Downie, A. M. “B” Company.” War Diary of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Engineers, June 1918, Appendix 12, p.23.
16 June 1918: Strength Increase [sic]. The undermentioned having been transferred to the Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Company, C.E. are struck off the strength from the 6-6-18 … 505959 Sapper Downie A. M. “B” Company. War Diary of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Engineers, June 1918, Appendix 20, p.33.