Wednesday 31 October 2012

Sergeant Gillie Urquhart, MM

Born on 4 September 1897 in Greenfield, Ontario – son of Alex Urquhart, Greenfield, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Greenfield, Ontario; trade as “farmers son”; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Maxville, Ontario, on 22 January 1916 (number 633317) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 – wounded on 31 July 1917 – invalided to England on 10 August 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 November 1917 – sent to England for the Officers’ Training Course on 27 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal – no official citation – unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: “For consistent good work during operations between Haugard and Hallu from Aug. 8th to 12th, 1918.”

(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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