Source: Operation Picture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group.
Family Search: Richard John Alexander McElheran was born on 15 March 1891, in London, Ontario, Canada. He married Marguerite Nora Thorne on 11 August 1926, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. He lived in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1917 and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1918. He registered for military service in 1917. In 1917, at the age of 26, his occupation is listed as clerk in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States. He died in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and was buried in Birmingham, Oakland, Michigan, United States.
First confirmed soldier recruited by the British-Canadian Recruiting Mission.