Category Archives: surname G

Corporal Kenneth Michael Germaine

Corporal Kenneth Michael Germaine served with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry during the period of the Cold War. He served with the United Nations in the Sinai Desert and in Israel. He is entitled to the United Nations Emergency Force Middle East Medal Sinai desert, United Nations Disengagement Observation Force Medal Israel/Syria and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

He enlisted into 3rd battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Esquimalt, British Columbia on April 24th 1972.

He started serveing in Cyprus on November 9th 1975

He was back in Esquimalt, British Columbia on May 9th 1976

The mission was established in June 1974 to supervise the cease-fire between Israel and Syria; to supervise the disengagement (redeployment) of Syrian and Israeli forces; and, to establish a buffer zone, as provided in the Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces of 31 May 1974. The Mission continues to perform its functions effectively with the cooperation of the parties.

He was posted in Baden, Germany with 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment on September 6th 1976

He was posted in Gagetown, New Brunswick on July 14th 1980.

He was posted in Alert, Canada on March 20th 1991.

He was discharged on February 1st 1993

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Corporal Kenneth Michael Germaine medals

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Nursing Sister Sarah Ellen Garbutt

Nursing Sister Sarah Ellen Garbutt served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She served only in United Kingdom, so she is entitled only to the British War Medal.

She was born on May 14th, 1875

Religion : Methodist

She enlisted on April 3rd, 1917 in Kingston, Ontario.

She sailed from Halifax on May 29th and arrived in Liverpool, England on June 8th.

She was posted with the 16th Canadian General Hospital on arrival in uUnited Kingdom.

She was hospitalized at the Queen Alexandria Hospital (71 Saint Vincent) on June 27th, 1917.

She died from an abdomen cancer on August 20th, 1917 at the age of 42.

Her British War Medal was sent to her sister Esther Garbutt. Her Mémorial Plaque and Mémorial Scroll were sent to her brother Reverend John Garbutt 52 Simcoe Street, South Oshawa Ontario

No Memorial Cross issued since mother had preceded her.

She is buried at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom, III. A. 15.

Picture of her gravestone

Inspector Kate Galt and Jessie Robertson

Over the years I have been lucky with almost every research I did, I was able to find some information in almost every person I research except a few. Most of them are women, they are particularly difficult to research for two main reasons;

–        Many time even if they were participating at the war effort, women were part of civilian organisation and those did not kept any record on their service

–        After they involvement in the war effort many of those women married and changed their name, if you cannot find with whom they married, you lose their track right there.

It’s even more difficult if their name is common.

Here are two of those women for whom I was not able to find information.

Inspector Kate Galt served British Red Cross and Saint John of Jerusalem during WW1. She is entitled to theBritish War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Information taken from British Red Cross list 1914-18

Her rank was Inspector

Her Certificate number was 16487 and it was issued after august 1917

Her Passport Reference was 186094

and the Department she worked at is listed as “Canadian”, meaning she probably worked for the Canadians

Jessie Robertson served with Voluntary Aid Detachment during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Acting Lance-Corporal James Walter Green

Acting Lance-Corporal James Walter Green served with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers during the Boers’ War (not sure) and with the 127th battalion in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (clasp entitlement is unknown) and the British War Medal. His WW1 service number was 778978 and his War service badge B number was C 13720.

He was born on June 18th, 1872 in Middlesex, England. This is the date on his WW1 enlistment paper but I am not sure about the year he was born. The only James W Green I found in the 1881 census were older by a couple of years

BOERS’ WAR

In his WW1 enlistment paper he stated that he served in the 5th Royal Irish Lancers from February 1888 until 1900 (discharged in Portsmouth, England), there is a note (local casualty) underneath the topic “Medals decoration” on his discharge paper. I was unable to find any trace of him for the service records for the Boer’s war period, no file, no trace on any list. I wondered if he did not embelish his story just to make sure they would accept him in the Canadian Army during WW1.

FIRST WORLD WAR

He enlisted as a private in the Stanley Barracks Guard from August 6th, 1915 until February 19th, 1916. He had some service in the 12 th York Ranger (Toronto)

Religion : Church of England       Status : married      Height : 5′ 5″

Eyes : blue       Hair : dark      Weight : 151 lbs       Trade : plasterer

Name of his wife : Mary Jane Green Address : 85 Morse street, Toronto

Name of his son : James Walter Green born in 1899

March 7 th, 1916 : He was transferred to the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He enlisted in the 127th battalion in Toronto, Ontario

August 21 st : He sailed from Halifax on SS Olympic and arrived in England on August 30.

September 1st : He was promoted to Lance-Corporal.

He was delcared medically unfit just after arriving in United Kingdom. According to his medical report he had “ Weakness of legs following old fractures, overage 49 years, varicose, old compound fracture”

May 5 th, 1917 : On command to District Depot, Buxton pending embarkment to Canada

May 12th : He embarked for Canada.

June 13th : Demobilised in Québec City, Quebec. On his discharge certificate there the note “10% incapacity but not due to service”

Lance-Corporal James Walter Green is a good example of men who enlisted in the army but did not meet all the required physical criterias. They were sent back to Canada as soon as the problem was discovered on their arrival in United Kingdom. There was so much pressure on army recruiter to meet their quotas that at some point they started enlisting men who were not fit for military duties just in order to meet they numbers. Many of those unfit men were just sent back as soon as they reached England

He died in 1941

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Acting Lance-Corporal James Walter Green British War Medal

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Color Sergeant William Frederick George Glegg

Color Sergeant William Frederick George Glegg served in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards during the Boers War and with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment after 1906 and during WW1 . He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal (clasps Witterbergen, Transvaal and Cape Colony), the King South Africa Medal (clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902) and the Army Long service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number was 9868.

Born on April 1868 in Renfrew, England

Trade : solicitor      Religion : Presbyterian   Hair : auburn

Height : 5’10”          Weight : 142 lbs          Eyes : brown

1871 UK Census Listed as a scholar living with his parents in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire

1881 UK Census : Listed as a scholar living with his parents in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire

October 13th 1892 : Enlisted for short service in London, United Kingdom in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards

July 20th, 1893 : Appointed Lance-Corporal

November 1st, 1895 : Promoted Corporal

August 31st, 1896 : Appointed Lance-Sergeant

November 25th, 1897 : Promoted Sergeant

June 7th, 1899 : Married to Edith Bellitta Saunders (their address was 10 Robert road)

March 15th, 1900 : Embarked on the Britannic in Southampton, arrived at Port Elizabeth, South Africa on April 8th.

May 29th : The 2nd battalion covered the retreat of the Grenadiers Guards at Biddulphsberg

June 3rd : Arrived at Ticksburg and stayed there for a few days

August 5th : Reached Harrismith and stayed there until august 28th. For the next 6 weeks they did a lot of marching covering 492 miles by October 19 and back to Harrismith by October 30th :

November 20th : Left Harrismith to escort a convoy. Back on December 1st. Stayed there until mid-April 1902.

July 35th, 1902 : Assembled at Volksrust and left to Durban by train on September 11th. Because of a derailment they were delayed by a day and embarked on board Michigan on September 27th

October 27th: Arrived in Southampton, England and missed the Guard’s parade

October 28th : He received his Queen South Africa Medal

January 24th, 1903 : He received the King South Africa medal

King South Africa medals roll

January 12th, 1906 : Posted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

April 20th, 1908 : Promoted to the rank of Colour-sergeant

January 1st 1911 : Recommended for his Long Service and Good conduct medal. UK Census taken in Preston : Listed as a Colour Sergeant and with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

William Frederick George Glegg 1911 census

October 12th, 1913 : Discharged at Preston

April 7th, 1915 : Enlisted for service at home with Loyal North Lancashire Regiment the rank of colour sergeant no 20566.

June 2nd, 1918 : Promoted Warrant officer class II

March 13th, 1919 : Transferred in the Army of Occupation. He is not entitled to the British War medal meaning that he did not serve in France before November 11th, 1918. As a member of the Army of occupation, he was probably sent to France and Germany.

December 18th : Demobilized

April 24th 1924 : Died in Preston, Lancashire, England

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Lance-corporal Arthur Francis Griffiths

Lance Corporal Arthur Francis Griffiths served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps during the Korean War. he is entitled to the Canadian Korea Medal and United Nations Service Medal Korea. his enlistment number was SL 545.

June 5th, 1948 : Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers in Regina, Saskatchewan

June 10th : Transferred to No 9 Personnel Depot in Chilliwack, British Columbia

August 17th, 1950 : Transferred to # 12 Workers Company in Chilliwack, British Columbia

October 30th : Qualified as driver

June 4th, 1951 : Demobilised

October 30th, 1952 : Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

March 3rd, 1953 : Embarked in USA for Korea with the 59th Independent Field Squadron. Disembarked in Japan on March 19th.

March 27th, 1954 : Embarked for Canada. Disembarked in Camp Borden on April 12th

November 7th, 1955 : Embarked for Europe. Disembarked in Holland on November 18th.

November 29th, 1957 : Embarked for Canada. Arrived in Vancouver British Columbia on December 9th.

October 30th, 1958 : Re-engaged for 6 years

November 10th, 1961 : Sent on the junior NCO course

May 25th, 1962 : Appointed Lance corporal

August 25th, 1963 : Demobilised under the provision of QR (Army) 15.01 item …..

June 27th, 2010 : Obituary Griffiths, Arthur Francis – With heavy hearts and a great deal of sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Arthur Francis Griffiths at River Glen Haven Nursing Home, Sutton, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Art, a long time resident of Baldwin is predeceased by his wife June Grace Griffiths. Father of Marianne, David and Dennis Griffiths and step- father of Shannon Stewart. Art will be missed by all his friends and those he touched. Art was a veteran of the Korean War and became a long time employee with the Toronto EMS. He was also a skydiver pilot at the Baldwin Airport. A special thank you to all the wonderful staff and special friends at River Glen Haven Nursing Home who provided special care and love to him. At Art’s request, his body has been donated to science at the University of Toronto. A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held at the Baldwin Airport, on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements assisted by the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, Sutton,

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Korean War Medals

Sapper Henry Victor Gilbert

Private Henry Victor Gilbert served during WW1 with the Canadian Engineer. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 670106. His son served for Canada during WW2 and the Korean War. His story can be read by clicking here

Information from the 1901 Canadian census taken in Port Elgin, Bruce County, Ontario

Henry Victor Gilbert born on November 8th 1899

Father : Charles born April 3rd, 1870

Mother : Maggie A. F. (Lowry) born October 27th, 1874

Sister : Alberta M. born November 4th, 1895

Brother : Morris C. born May 4th, 1898

Also living with them Catherine Lowry (sister in law) born, May 14th 1886

and Robert M. Lowry (father in law) born August 22nd 1850

April 27th,1916 : Enlisted in the 166th battalion in Toronto, Ontario. He lied about his age when he enlisted, he said he was born in 1896, he was a minor. His address is Port Elgin, Ontario

Religion : Church of England     Status : single     Height : 5′ 8″

Eyes : blue    Hair : pale    Weight : 150 lbs

Trade : student

October 18th : Sailed from Halifax on SS Cameronian.

October 28th : Arrived in Liverpool, England

December 13th : Struck of strength from the 160th battalion.

December 16th : Transferred to the 166th battalion.

March 15th, 1917 until march 23rd : Hospitalized for tuberculosis at Bramshott, United Kingdom

February 28th : Transferred to the 107th battalion. This battalion would later become the 107th Pioneer Battalion Canadian Engineer.

March 1st : Arrived in France

March 23rd : Hospitalized for debility

November 30th : Admitted to the hospital

January 5th, 1919 : Returned to his unit

May 19th : Demobilised

Listed as a watchmaker after the war

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Captain Aylmer McIntosh Gilbert C.D.

Captain Aylmer McIntosh Gilbert served in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (RCEME) during WW2 and the Korean War. He is entitled to th Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (no clasp), the 1939-1945 War Medal, the Canadian Korea Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, the United Nations Service Medal Korea and the Canadian Decoration with clasp.

His father, Henry Victor Gilbert served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. His story can be found by clicking here

1935: He enrolled in the Non-Permanent Active Militia Ontario Regiment tank as a boy soldier

 

March 1936: He enrolled in the Non-Permanent Active Militia 98th Field battery. Honourably released in April 1938

 

March 1939: He transferred in the Royal Canadian Artillery

 

October 14th, 1941: He transferred in the 55th Field battery Canadian Artillery Canadian Army (Active forces) SA-64776

 

February 2nd, 1943: He was confirmed in the rank of Acting-Sergeant

 

April 14th: He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

 

July 1st: He was confirmed in the rank of sergeant

 

January 30th, 1946: He was accepted in the Interim Force

 

July 12th: The War Service badge no 1079170 was issued to him

 

September 30th: He received the War Medal 1939-46. He enlisted at the RCEME School in Barriefield

 

October 25th, 1948: He transferred to no 6 RCEME in Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

February 21st, 1949: He was promoted Warrant Officer class II

 

October 19th, 1950: He transferred to RCEME in Kingston

 

November 17th: He transferred to CASF (Fort Lewis U.S.A.)

 

May 4th, 1951: He disembarked Far east (Korea) with the No. 25 Canadian Support Workshop

 

January 2nd, 1952: He started attending the Officer School candidate program in Borden, Ontario. He was given the service number ZA4896

 

July 16th: He was promoted Lieutenant with Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer

 

September: He was transferred to the 1st Radiation Detection Unit

 

December 15th, 1952 6:00: He was to proceed to Chalk River, Ontario. A nuclear accident just happened on December 12th. He returned from that assignment on December 20th 18:30. 170 military personnel were affected to the clean-up

 

January 13th, 1953: He was sent to the Canadian Army Staff in Washington. He was back from Washington in Barrifield on March 1st

 

January 18th, 1954: He received his Canadian Decoration (issue # 370)

 

April 1955: Armed forces special weapons project (U.S.A.)

 

May: He was transferred with the 1st Radiation Detection Unit

 

August: He was transferred to the Army Headquarter Quartermaster General Branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.

 

June 9th, 1956: He was part of the Atomic Weapons Research Project (Operation Buffalo – United Kingdom) to Maralinga, Australia until November 16th. He was part of a select group of Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and British officers to see the effects of a nuclear explosion on target response items. These servicemen were known as the Indoctrination force.

Picture of the bomb explosion at Maralinga

December: He was transferred to the Army Headquarter Quartermaster General Branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.

 

May 1957: He flew to Sydney, Australia from Vancouver, Canada

 

July 1957: He was part of the Atomic Weapons Research Project (United Kingdom)

 

October: Army Headquarter quartermaster General branch Directorate R.C.E.M.E.

 

July 11th, 1960: He was promoted to the rank of Captain

 

March 24, 1963: He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. He departed on March 27th.

 

September 3rd, 1964: He arrived in London, England. He returned to Canada September 13

 

March 31st: He received the clasp for his Canadian Decoration (issue # 769)

 

March 26th, 1965: He arrived in Marville, France. He departed on April 4th. Marville was the site of a Canadian air base near Belgium border. The RCAF First Canadian wing had a tactical nuclear attack squadron stationed there.

 

March 1966: He was transferred to Materiel Command Headquarters CFB Rockcliffe

 

September 16th, 1968: He retired Canadian Forces headquarters. He is listed as living at Wolfdale Crescent Ottawa, Canada

 

February 4th, 1987: Received the Canadian Services Force pin

 

September 25th, 1992: He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea

Picture of miniature medals attributed to Captain Gilbert

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon

Warrant Officer class 1 Charles Gordon served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ War and WW1. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony and Orange Free State, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number is 12932.

February 1877 : Born in Aberdeen

January 6th 1900 : Enlisted in Aberdeen, Scotland in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Height : 5′ 3″           Weight : 128 lbs.      Religion : Presbyterian

Eyes : Hazel             Hair : Brown           Trade : chemist

March 2nd : Appointed 3rd Class Orderly and left for South Africa with No. 10 General Hospital, Nowals Pont the next day, March 3rd

August 7th : Back in United Kingdom and left for South Africa on November 12th

April 29th, 1901 : Back in United Kingdom

October 1st, 1902 : Appointed 2nd class orderly and Lance-corporal on October 8th

1904 : Promoted corporal January 12th and sergeant on October 19th

December 22nd : Left for South Africa

January 5th, 1907 : Service extended to 12 years

February 2nd, 1911 : Back in United Kingdom

December 15th, 1913 : Married Ada Annie Bushell in Folkstone and posted to 11th Company and promoted Quartermaster Sergeant the next day, December 16th

August 10th 1914 : Promoted to Sergeant-Major

August 19th : Sent to France with the 4th Cavalry Field Ambulance (with the 1st Division)

January 18th 1918 : Admitted at the 4th Cavalry Field Ambulance for rhumatism. Transferred to the 3rd Stationnary hospital on February 18th.

May 13th : Back to UK

June 3rd : Joined the 35th Company in London

December 31st : Proceeded to the Army Medical Record Office

January 3rd,  1921 : Discharged               Address on discharge : 6 Wellington, Sandgate, Kent

The front cover of his file is addressed to The Secretary, Royal Hospital, Chelsea and was received December 16th 1920.

On a total of a 21 years career, Charles Gordon served 10 years and 233 days outside United Kingdom, that is more than half of his career.

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Warrant Officer Charles Gordon

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon enlistment form Boers’ war (page 1)

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon enlistment form Boers’ war (page 2)

Reverend Robert Milner Gibson K.H.C.

Reverend Robert Milner Gibson served as a chaplain with the British Expeditionary Force in France during WW1 and in United Kingdom during WW2. He is entitled to the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the Defence Medal and the 1937 Coronation Medal.

March 16th 1889 : Born in Kingston, United Kingdom.

1891 UK census : Living in Wimbledon, Surrey

Father : Robert Francis Gibson         Mother : Alice Victoria Jones

1901 UK census : Listed as living in Edgbaston

1909 : Graduated from Cambridge College

1911 UK Census : Listed as an under graduate student and living Kings Norton, Worcestershire

1912-16 : Church of St-Mary, Handsworth

1916 : Married to Lois Rathlin

1916-17 St-Michel. Boldmere

March 27th 1917 : Appointed Chaplain of the Forces 4th class as a Chaplain in the BEF. Reported to the War Office on April 17th and landed in France on April 24th

Reverend Robert Milner Gibson K.H.C. WW1 enlistment form

Religion : Church of England    Height:  5’10”    Weight : 154 lbs.

His wife was Lois Rathlin Gibson, living at Handsworth Wood 22 Selborne rd, Birmingham

April 24th, 1918 : Relinquished his commission. He did not serve for a full year in France and there is no note in his service file that he was wounded, I guess the battlefield was not meant for him.

March 5th, 1920 : Applied for his medals

Reverend Robert Milner Gibson K.H.C.

1918-20 : Church of St-Augustine, Edgbaston

1919-21 : He was the Honorary Chaplain Force

1920-27 : Vicair of St-Germain, Edgbaston (living at 461 Ciy rd.)

1923-27 : Clerical Secretary for the Birmingham diocese conference

1926 : Chief messenger for the World Call

1926-27 : Honorary Chaplain to Bishop of Birmingham.

1927-32 : Vicair of St-John Baptist of Peterborough 1931-32 : Honorary Canon of Peterborough

1921-39 : Chaplain of the Forces (Territorial Army) from 1933. 1939 he was the senior chaplain of the 47th Division

From 1933 to 1938, his residence was on Crandley Gardens, Brompton Ward, London

1936-40 : Chaplain to His Majesty the King (July 20th 1936 London Gazette 4664). As a Chaplain to His Majesty the King he would have worn the badge of the Chaplain to the King (Picture of the Badge)

1941-46 : Vicair of St-Stephen, St-Mary Westminster

1959 : Still alive and probably died in 1967

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Private William Clifford Green

Private William Clifford Green served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW2. He is entitled to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (with clasp). His enlistment number was K.78880

Born on October 26th 1918 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. In his file there are two birth dates, one on October 26th 1918, the other in 1922. At that time of enlistment he was probably a minor so that is why he lied about his age. It was probably discovered after the fact.

Religion : Church of England      Hair : Dark brown

Eyes : Brown              Weight : 140 lbs.        Height : 5’10”

Name of his father : William Green

In 1936-37, he spent 18 months in a sanatorium because of pleurisy.

In 1942 his height was 6’0″ and his weight 170 lbs.

June 14th, 1940 : Enlisted in the 3rd Petrol Division Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

On enlistment he was single and gave his uncle Thomas Milville as next of kin (address 960 East 26th avenue Vancouver, British-Columbia).

His trade before enlistment was truck driver (1938-39), but he was also a fisher from (1934-35). He also stated that he was a milk salesman. He drop school at he age of 8 in order to work.

There is an article in the Barrie’s Examiner of October 1940 describing his car theft. “According to the journalist, William Green wanted to bring back the car, he just wanted to do a joy-ride. The car belonged to Jorry’s garage. Found guilty of car theft in Barrie, Ontario on September 1940. Sentence to be without pay from September 27th to April 9th, 1941 (end of his jail sentence)”

June 27th, 1941 : He passed a Kahn test (syphilis)

End of  July : Sailed from Halifax, arrived in Liverpool, England on August 19th

November 15th : Accused of drunkenness for the first time.

December 3rd : Posted to the 22nd Canadian Field Ambulance.

Hospitalized at the 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from March 14th, 1942 to the18th. Cause : Balanitis (penis inflammation) and Balanophosthilis

On July 9th, 1942 he caused damage to a wheel drive vehicle because of careless driving. Condemned to 10 days without pay.

January 10th, 1943 : He used a weapon without permission inside a nisson hut, he broke two lamps and do some holes in the ceiling with the bullets. Condemned to 26 days without pay.

May 18th : He left unattended a all wheel drive vehicle which was under his responsibility. Condemned to 2 days without pay.

January 15th, 1944 : Received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with the clasp.

February 19th : Permission granted to marry Kathleen O’Sullivan. (they needed the permission from the army before they got married) He married her on April 19th. They knew each other for one year. She was born in Ireland and lived in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England when she married. Her father was living in Ireland.

June 6th (D-day) : Embarked for France on June 2, landed on the coast on the same day . According to the official history of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, the 22nd Field Ambulance (his unit) landed in France around 6:00 pm on that day

August 29th : Accused and condemned of Public disturbance under the influence of alcohol.

May 21st 16:30, 1945 until May 28th 16:15 he was hospitalized at the 39th British General Evacuation Unit for a concussion laceration scalp over left ear. He stated that the cause of his wound “I was a passenger in a truck and I was turning 8 C.I.B. something hit our truck in the rear that’s all I know

June 10th : 10 days permission

Died on June 10 th 1945 at 22:10 in Lambeth Hospital. Excerpt from his medical report “Both men have been drinking very heavily and on Pte Rempel’s admission were consuming whisky, gin and beer. They continued to buy liquor in this same Public house until closing time which was about 22:10 hrs. An argument had broken out involving the two Cdn soldiers while in this establishment, but had not according to Rempel, assumed serious proportion.

Summary from the police report : “After Pte Green had left the pub, the argument continued outside, in the course of which Pte Green was struck in the face by a civilian (as yet to be unidentified). Green had been standing on the roadway and on being forced back by the blow, his heel caught the curb and he fell heavily on the pavement, is head striking the cement.”

June 16th: His funeral and buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery in United. Kingdom.

His wife Kathleen O’Sullivan returned to live with her father in Ireland after his death. Confirm by the correspondence address. Canadian Army sent her the last cheque on February 21st, 1946 for a total of 314.74 $, nine moths after his death. This was the total amount own to her including the personal money of William Private Green when he died.

Although the war was over in Europe, men continued dying of accident while serving their country. The story of Private Green is a probant example of a stupid accident that caused death to a Canadian soldier still serving long after the war was over.

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Private William Clifford Green medals

Private William Clifford Green gravestone in Brookwood cemetery

Colonel John Angus Gillies V.D.

Colonel John Angus Gillies served in the Canadian Army Reserve Force before, during and after WW1 with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders (154th battalion – CEF). He is entitled to the British War Medal, the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal and the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer’s Decoration

Born on August 10th, 1877 in Lochiel Township Glengarry County

His year of birth is 1876 according to the 1901 census, 1877 on his gravestone and in the book of St Andrews Society of Ottawa and 1878 on his WW1 enlistment paper

No trace of him and his family in the 1881 Canadian census

Before 1897 : Lived and educated in Alexandria, Ontario

1897 : Probable year on enlistment in the 59 th regiment. From the information on his WW1 enlistment papers, he joined the 59th regiment in 1900. According to the official history book of the regiment, he joined the regiment on October 3rd, 1905 and according to his obituary he enlisted in 1897. The 1897 date would be consistent with the qualyfing period for his first long service medal, the Colonial Forces Long Service medal.

1901 Canadian census taken in Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, Ontario

John Angus Gillies born on August 10th, 1876 (farmer)   Sister : Mary M born April 2nd, 1881

Father : John born February 12th 1840 (farmer and widowed) Brother : Laurence born May 23rd, 1891

Brother : Hugh born April 26th, 1879 (farmer)     Sister : Janet C born January 5th 1886

July 1st, 1907 : Transferred from the rank to officer and promoted captain.

1911 Canadian census taken in Lochiel Township, Glengarry county, Ontario (he did the census in his district)

John Angus Gillies born on August 10th, 1877 (33) in Ontario. Listed as farmer

Father : John born March 1841 (70) (farmer and widowed)   Sister : Janet C born on January 1885 (28)

1913 : Received from colonel Sam Hughes the Efficiency Trophy for his battalion.

Married to Katherine Isabelle McGillis.

June 16th : He enlisted Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney V.C., D.C.M. and M.M.

FIRST WORLD WAR

August 7th, 1914 : He left with the first group of the 59th battalion for Valcartier, Quebec. He was in charge of the recruiting for the city of Alexandria, Ontario. In October 1915, he recruited 120 men, 60 of those joined the 38th  battalion.

January 27th, 1916 : Enlisted in the 154th battalion in Alexandria, Ontario.

Trade : farmer       Religion : Roman Catholic      Status : married

Height : 6′       Weight : 163 lbs      Eyes : grey         Hair : dark

October 25th : Sailed from Halifax on board HMT Mauretamia, arrived in Liverpool, England on October 31st. They walked to Bramshott camp under the rain and they arrived late at night.

June 1st : His cardiac problem was diagnosed for the first time on June. After many medical evaluations, he was declared medically unfit for military service because of physical inaptitude .

August 27th, 1917: Sailed from England on board HMS Megantic on August 14th. Arrived in Canada.

During the same year he received the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal.(G.O.122).

1918 : February 19th : Demobilised (medically unfit).

Picture of John Angus Gillies (captain) wearing his ribbons

Although he does have the ribbon of the Victory medal, he is not entitled to the medal

1919 : Started working for the Canadian Government with Department of Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment. Sometime between 1919 and 1932, he transferred to the Immigration Department

June 15th, 1920 : Promoted to major of the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Regiment.

He was the commanding officer of the guard of honour present at the unveiling of the memorial of the Glengarry’s soldier who died during World War One by the Governor-General the Right Honourable Baron Byng of Vimy

1924 : Received the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers’ Decoration (G.O. 56).

June 15th : Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the SDGH regiment and became the commanding officer of the regiment.

August 1st, 1926 :He was part of the group who deposited the regimental colour of the 154th battalion in the Trinity Church in Cornwall.

November 13th, 1928 : He was formally accepted as member of the St Andrew’s Society of Ottawa.

January 31st, 1929 : Left the regiment and he was transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion.

September 1st : He became the commanding officer of the 8th Brigade was composed of : Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Scottish regiment, Grenville regiment, Regiment de Hull and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. He commanded the Brigade for 3 years until 1932

Picture of John Angus Gillies (colonel)

Again wearing the Victory medal ribbon but not entitled to the medal

1930-31 : 2nd vice-president of the St-Andrew’s Society of Ottawa

1931 : February 9th : Became the vice-president of the St-Andrew’s Society of Ottawa.

1932 : Became the president of the St Andrew’s Society (until 1934).

November 27th : Headed the St-Andrew’s Society parade in Ottawa.

Retired from the army

November 30th 1933 : Headed the St-Andrew’s Society parade in Ottawa

October 2nd, 1934 : Deposited boxes no 1 to 3 of the minutes and records of the Society at the National Archives

From 1936 until 1946 he was the chairman of the charitable committee of the Society although he did not seem to be active on the board of past presidents.

1937 : Retired as a civil servant, he was a travelling immigration inspector for Immigration Department.

December 29th, 1945 : He was on the comity that welcomed the regiment on his return from Europe to Cornwall.

1946 : Still a member of the St Andrew’s Society of Ottawa

End of June 1948 : He was a bearer at the funeral of Colonel Alexander George Fraser MacDonald who died on the 24th in Montreal.

1951 : He was on the historical comity of the regiment.

February 15th, 1955 : Died at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa after suffering from a stroke two days earlier. His funeral service was held on Thursday February 17th, in Saint Margaret Mary Church in Ottawa. He is buried in Saint Finnan’s Cathedral, cemetery in Alexandria, Ontario. He left one son Hugh (Ottawa), his daughters Anita (Vancouver) and Camillia (Ottawa), his brother Lawrence (Kamloops) and his sister Mary (Glen Norman) and Janet (Grand Forks, British Columbia), he also had a grand-daughter. He was a Knight of Columbus 4th degree, president of the Gaelic Society of Ottawa, director of the Ottawa Boy’s Club, president of the infantry association of Eastern Ontario, president of the Scots club of Canada and treasurer of the St Vincent Paul society of Ottawa

Names on the family gravestone

Father : John (1841-1925)     Mother: Margaret McMillan (1850-1892)

Wife : Katharine Isabel Gillies (McGillis) (1883-1959)   Son: Hugh John (August 1914-????)

Daughter: Mary Camilla   (1924 – 2006)           Daughter: Anita

He had three children who died at a very young age Lawrence (1918), Angus et Janet (1922)

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John Angus Gillies obituary

Private Harry Gittleson

Private Harry Gittleson served in Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

His enlistment number is 34467

Born on September 1st, 1893 in Hochelaga, Montreal, Quebec

Trade : shipper        Religion : Jewish     Status : Single         Hair: black

Eyes : Brown            Weight : 130 lbs     Height : 5′ 4″

Name of his mother : Annie Gittleson    Address :231 Rivard, Montreal, Quebec

September 19th, 1914 : Enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec in the 1st Canadian General Hospital.

September 30th  : Sailed from Quebec on the SS Scandinavian. Arrived in Gaspe Basin on October 2nd and departed from there on October 4th. Arrived in Plymouth, England on October 15th and disembarked around 10:00 pm. Arrived on Salsbury Plain on the 16th.

November 4th : Unit inspected by the King

November 20th : Hospitalised (bronchitis) at the 1st Canadian General Hospital until the 23rd.

March 21st, 1915 : He was assigned to the newly formed Mobile laboratory. 6 NCO and 3 officers sailed to France. They were the first member of the hospital to cross to France

June 19th : Hospitalised (blennorrhagia) at the 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station until July 7th.

March 23rd, 1916 : Sentenced to 8 days forfeit pays for being absent without permission from 13:00 March 23rd to March 24th, 14:00.

March 10th1918 : Hospitalised (jaundice) at the 6th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from March 10th to 13th. Transferred to the 7th Canadian General Hospital in Etaples on March 13th.  Transferred (complications to his nephrite) at the 16th Canadian General Hospital in Orpington on June 20th.

July 21st : Hospital moved to Trouville

July 31st : Sent back to his unit

February 15th, 1919 : Embarked on HMT Canada. Arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 25th.

March 13th : Demobilised in Montreal.

July 15th, 1960 : Died in London, England. The information was received from the Veteran’s Service Agency from Lake George New York.

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Private Harry Gittleson WW1 medals

Nursing Sister Caroline Graham Green

Nursing Sister Caroline Graham Green served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is one of the few women who died while serving in the Canadian army for her country at war. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Her brother received the Memorial Plaque and the Memorial Scroll. I do not think that a Memorial Cross was issued to her mother.

Born on February 7th, 1891 in Saint-Thomas, Ontario

Enlisted on January 27th, 1916 in Toronto

Height : 5′ 6″                 Weight : 142 lbs.                 Church of England

Sailed from Canada on SS Metagama on June 22nd, 1916.

Posted at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington on April 11th, 1916.

Hospitalised from November 11th to December 13th at the hospital Bromley for diphtheria

Medical report December 15th «This nursing sister reported sick on 12 November 1916 and was admitted to an isolation Hospital st Bromley the same day ; was treated there till 13th of December 1916. The medical report states that she will require a long rest and avoid all exertion for the present Board recommend as noted below» 6 weeks leave

Medical report January 26th, 1917 «This nursing sister has improved while on leave. She states that she had a further throat infection while. Examined this day by Lt-Col Goldsmith of this board who finds that there is a general congestion of the upper respiratory track. There is a slight lack of motion of the right side of the soft palace, du probably to remains of toxic paresis from diphtheria . This will rapidly subside and is now associated largely with back of general nerve tone. Board therefore recommend as below» 3 weeks leave

Medical report February 10th «This nursing sister has now recovered and find congestion of the upper respiratory track has practically disappeared and there is now no evidence of any paresis of this palate. We recommend this Nursing sister for General Service.

Posted at the 16th Canadian General Hospital on November 12th, 1917.

Brought to the notice of the Secretary of War for Valuables Services rendered in connection with the war on August 10th, 1918.

Posted on the hospital ship on September 19th, 1918.

Hospitalised on February 28th, 1919 for influenza and debility

Embarked at Liverpool on March 24th on HMT Canada

Demobilised on April 9th.

Died on April 4th, 1922 at the age of 31. Buried in Saint – Thomas cemetery, Ontario, Canada

Medals (British War medal, Victory medal), Plaque and Scroll were sent to her brother Wm J Green Esq 40 Roseberry Place, Saint- Thomas Ontario

There is no mention on the medal’s card about the Memorial Cross and there in no mention about her mother in her file, so probably the Memorial Cross was never issued

NOTE : Nursing sister Caroline Graham Grenn is not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission because she died after the 1921 cut-off date

Captain Aubrey Vernon Greaves

Captain Aubrey Vernon Greaves served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitlted to the British War medal and the Victory medal.

Born on January 6th 1886 in British West Indies, Barbados
Trade : physician                         Religion : Anglican
Status : single                                Height : 5′ 9″
Eyes : Grey                                     Weight : 140 lbs.

Name of his mother : Henriette Greaves                  Name of his father : Frances Wood Greaves
Address of both: Bloomsbury, St Thomas Barbados W.I.
1906 : Moved to Toronto

1910 : Enrolled at the University of Toronto in medicine

1911 : Canadian census taken in Toronto – living in Toronto ward no 7

May 1916 : Received his M.B. from the University of Toronto
Enlisted on December 26th in Toronto, Canada. Prior to his enlistment he served for 9 years in the 2nd regiment Queen Own Rifles

From the University of Toronto monthly periodical
’16 M. The marriage took place in Halifax of Aubrey Vernon Greaves and Alys Gentle, of Dundee, Scotland.

Embarked in Halifax March 26th, 1917. Arrived in Liverpool on April 7th and posted to Westenhanger.
May 21st : Posted at the Canadian hospital in Etchinghill
August 6th : He was elected on the mess committee
August 25th : Took over the duty of registrar of the unit. He was responsible for the war diary of the unit
September 12th : Named quartermaster during the leave Q.M. Lawton (leave from Sept. 12th until Dec. 9th)
September 14th : Replace lieutenant Boreham (who was sick) as the adjutant of the hospital in the interim
September 18th : Proceeded to Folkstone with the hospital for auditor inspection
September 20th : Relieved as the quartermaster by Lieutenant Hogg
October 17th : He was replaced as the registrar of the hospital
October 26th : Assigned to the task of the Medical officer of the unit
Promoted temporary captain on November 16th with the effect from January 1st, 1917. London Gazette 9-11-17
November 21st : Made a presentation at the Etchinghill clinical society on “A case of pustular syphilide”
December 5th : Made a lecture at the Hospital clinical Society on “Common cutaneous manifestion of syphillis”
December 13th : Went for an audit board with the hospital book
December 17th : Defended the accused Pte Sargeant at Dibgate camp
End of December : he was probably replaced as the registrar of the unit, there is no mention of it in the logbook but the writing style is different and we do not see his initials or signature after that date.

May 15th, 1918 : An eyes exam revealed that he “has compound myopic astigmatism right and left…glasses have been ordered and will be forwarded to him on their arrival”

June 23rd : Proceeded to France from Canadian Hospital in Etchinghill

August 17th : Transferred from the 5th CFA to 29th Cdn Bn for temporary duty. (Daily Orders notebook 5th CFA)
August 29th : Returning to the 5th CFA from temporary duty with the 29th Cdn Bn

September 2nd : Posted with the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance. Proceeded to Vancourt to assist walking wounded cases. He Rejoined the unit on September 5th

September 13th : Struck of strength of the 11th C.F.A. and rejoined the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance

September 26th : Sent to the 1st  British Casualties Clearing Station. Returned on October 5th

October 17th : Transferred from the 5th CFA to 6th Battalion Canadian Engineer for temporary duty for temporary duty. (Daily Orders notebook 5th CFA)

November 4th : Struck of strength of the 5th CFA and permanently attached to 6th Battalion Canadian Engineer (auth ADMS 1-8/6081 a/2/11/18 (Daily Orders notebook 5th CFA)

December 19th : Proceeded on leave. Returned from leave January 11th, 1919. He was on the nominal roll of officer for the 6th Bn Canadian Engineers for the month of January and February

April 13th, 1919: Proceeded to England

April 14th to 25th : On command with 6th Bn Canadian Engineers

April 25th : Posted to Canadian Special Hospital Etchinghill

Embarked on SS Corsican on August 8th. Discharged in Toronto on October 18th.

1922 – 1925 : Returned to the University of Toronto to study Internal medicine

1925 : Joined Colonial Medical Service

1929 : Diploma Tropical Medicine from Liverpool – he received a plaque upon graduation
From Ebay November 2008 VERY RARE LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE STERLING SILVER MEDAL OR AWARD, READS ALAN H. MILNE CMC OBIIT 1919, PRESENTED TO DR. AUBREY VERNON GREAVES AUTUMN TERM 1929, IT MEASURES 21/3″X11/2″ AND IS ABOUT 1/8″ THICK.

Picture of the obverse and the reverse of the plaque

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1930 : Appointed Director of the Pathological Institute at Honk Kong University

May 21st 1932 : His article The use of Takayama’s solution in the identification of blood stains is published in the British medical journal

January 31st, 1933 : One of his article Perforative amœbic ulceration of the appendix (Vol. 26, Issue 4, Pages 397-400) in published in the Tropical and medicine hygiene

June 13th 1934 : Port of Departure: Left Boston, Massachusetts on the ship Lady Nelson and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts  Residence: Hong Kong, China

1941 (probably around December 24th) : He was part Nursing detachment of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. Interned by the Japanese at the Stanley Camp

1943 : Came back to Toronto to work with doctor Fred Tisdale (pionner in infant nutrition). During that period he also worked with RCAF project on vitamin C

January 1947  : Port of Departure: Left Hong Kong on the ship General William H Gordon and arrived San Francisco in January. Destination: Blaine wash, Canada
Last Residence: Hong Kong, China

January 16th, 1957 : A request was made for his Record of service.

1971 : Died

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