Thursday 24 March 2011

Private John Moran, MM

Born on 1 May 1889 in Scotland - friend of Miss Eliza Jane Whalen, Oxford Station, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Oxford Station, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 32.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Kemptville, Ontario, on 22 April 1916 (number 640112) - reported as "deserted" on 30 August 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Wancourt British Cemetery (grave VIII.G.22), France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For fearless conduct during operations in front of Hallu Aug. 10th and 11th 1918."

(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,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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