Danish national joining Canadian Forestry Corps in WWI

Joined: August 7th, 2018, 12:42 pm

August 7th, 2018, 12:54 pm #1

My grandmothers brother was born in Denmark in 1890, he left for the USA in 1908 and somehow came to Canada. He joined the Canadian Forestry Corps on September 19. 1916. According to his military papers, he claimed to be from Banff, Scotland, and stated that he had no relatives. Later on, his mother's name and address in Denmark is registered as closest relative in his military papers, and his mother (my great-grandmother) received the "Dead Man's Penny" and "Jeff and Mutt" medals upon his death from Spanish flu in 1918.

Why did he claim to be from Scotland? Would the Canadian Army accept on nationals from the British Empire? Or would he have been rejected because Denmark was neutral in WWI?