Sunday 5 April 2009

Lieutenant Reginald Charles Gaisford, MC

Born on 16 March 1881 in England - son of Mrs. Robert Gaisford, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Brockville, Ontario, trade as draughtsman, Methodist, currently a member of the 41st Regiment, no previously military service.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, as a Captain on 21 January 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 6 March 1918 - wounded on 28 May 1918 - rejoined the battalion on 28 May [?] 1918 - wounded on 28 September 1918 - invalided to England on 1 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Cross - official citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After leading his platoon in the attack he was directed in the evening to connect up with the right battalion. This he successfully accomplished after encountering great difficulties. The next morning he was the only officer left in the company, and skilfully repelled a strong enemy counter-attack, improving his position at the same time. For thirty-six hours he personally supervised and inspired his men." - unit recommendation dated 16 August 1918: "For excellent work during operations in front of Hallu on 10th and 11th Augt./18."

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