Friday 13 November 2009

Private Wilfred Hourigan, MM

Born on 3 June 1896 in Brockville, Ontario - brother of Mrs. Herbert Dunn, Brockville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Brockville, Ontario, trade as machinist, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 24 February 1916 (number 639709) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 4 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 5 October 1918: "For Gallantry during the operations in the vicinity of Bourlon, 29th Sept 1918."

Died on 14 September 1928.

(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; 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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