Wednesday 9 February 2011

Acting-Captain (Lieutenant) Edward Thomas Mennie, MC

Born on 30 November 1890 in Clarence, Ontario - husband of Annie Mennie, Ottawa, Ontario - son of William Mennie, Clarence, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as civil servant; married; no current military service; previously served with the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (two years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: trade as draughtsman, civil service; previously served with 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (two years), No.3 Company Corps of Guides (two years), and 23rd Battery, Artillery (one year).

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 3 April 1916 (number 246098) - rejoined[?] the 207th Battalion as a Lieutenant in Ottawa, Ontario, on 16 January 1917 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on as an Acting-Captain on 20 October 1917 - wounded on 26 April 1918 - invalided to England on 29 April 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 19 September 1918 - wounded on 1 November 1918 - taken to No.6 Casualty Clearing Station on 6 November 1918 - died of his wounds on 7 November 1918 - buried in Auberchicourt British Cemetery (grave I.D.17), France.

Awarded the Military Cross - official citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on enemy trenches. Though wounded, he led his party through the enemy wire under heavy fire and successfully accomplished his task. He twice assisted in carrying out men who had become casualties. His work throughout showed masterful leadership and a heroic devotion to duty." - unit recommendation dated 4 May 1918: "This Officer showed splendid action and outstanding leadership in the raid carried out Apr. 26/18. Although wounded, he continued to lead his men and assisted in carrying dead."

(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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