Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sergeant Frank Shrubshall, DCM

Born on 26 November 1881 in Faversham, Kent, England - husband of Edith G. Shrubshall, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as locomotive engineer; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; gray eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 13 March 1916 (number 775972) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 2 September 1918 - buried in Dury Mill British Cemetery (grave I.C.27), France.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal - citation: "For conspicuous gallantry during the operations south of Lihon on 10th August, 1918, when the advance of his platoon was held up by an enemy machine gun post. He charged the position single-handed and, though the enemy got the gun away, he killed two of the crew. His action aided the advance of his platoon. During the entire action his example and disregard of his own safety were an inspiration to the men of his platoon." - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For splendid conduct during operations south of Lihon 10.8.18."

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org; 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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