Sunday, 1 August 2010

Lieutenant Richard Geoffrey Harold Wentworth MacCarthy, MM

Born on 29 May 1891 in Toronto, Ontario - son of Hamilton MacCarthy, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as prospector; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 14th Battalion, CEF, in Valcartier, Quebec, on 22 September 1914 (number 25621) - landed in France with the 14th Battalion on 9 February 1915 - wounded on 17 or 21 April 1915 - transferred to Borden's Motor Machine Gun Battery, CEF, on 11 November 1915 - sent to England for Officers' Training Course on 1 December 1916 - promoted to Lieutenant with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 24 February 1917 - transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, on 16 January 1918 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 19 September 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 1 May 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal.

(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)

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