Monday 13 June 2011

Corporal John Thomas O'Gorman, MM

Born on 15 August 1893 in Eganville, Ontario - son of John O'Gorman, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Killaloe, Ontario; trade as engineer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; weight of 158 pounds; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Pembroke, Ontario, on 18 March 1916 (number 788910) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - wounded on 22 or 26 February 1917 - invalided to England on 8 March 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 29 March 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 2 March 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no formal citation - unit recommended dated November 1918: "For gallantry during operation around Valenciennes from Nov. 1 to 5/18."

(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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