Tuesday 14 June 2011

Sergeant William Peter O'Gorman, MM

Born on 6 March 1891 in Browley Township, Renfrew County, Ontario - son of Thomas P. O'Gorman, Cobden, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Cobden, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9.75 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; weight of 165 pounds; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Pembroke, Ontario, on 19 January 1916 (number 788851) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - invalided to England on 12 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 November 1917 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 28 October 1918.

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

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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