Sunday, 22 August 2010

Private Mike Maloney, DCM

Born on 1 December 1897 in Genoa, Italy - son of Mary Delchile, Italy - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Cardinal, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; auburn complexion; brown eyes; red hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 21 February 1916 (number 639721) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal - official citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 11th August, 1918, east of Rosieres, the advance of one of the sections was held up by an enemy machine gun. This man proceeded alone, outflanked the position, killed one of the crew, and captured two of the enemy together with the machine gun. His prompt and determined action saved many casualties." - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For gallantry in capturing a German M.G. near Rosieres 11.8.18."

(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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