2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps
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Palmer, Max Bayard, 542275, Private
Lieutenant Stanley Palmer
was listed in the November 1918 Nominal Roll as attached to No. 3 Company
of the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps. At the end of December 1918 and in
mid-January 1919, he was shown as being attached to "J" Battery in No.
3 Company (from the CMGCRD).
Private J. Papas was wounded
on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras. Presumably he recovered
sufficiently to return to duty, and be promoted, since his final rank is
hown in the National Archives of Canada CEF database as Corporal.
Private C.H. Parker of No.
3 Company was wounded on 25 June 1918. No. 3 Company of the 2nd Battalion
CMG Corps supported a trench raid made by the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade
on this day, and it is possible that Pte. parker was wounded during the
action. The War Diary notes, "The enemy posts were found empty,
Casualties in both raids slight."
Private J.W. Parker was detached
to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919,
for the purpose of demobilisation.
Parrett, Gordon Vivian Cyril, 745159 (d. 1918)
Private G.V.C. Parrett was
killed on 24 May 1918, and was buried at Bellacourt Military Cemetery,
Riviere (Grave Ref. II.K.14). The War Diary entry for 23 May
includes the following: "10.00 pm Few 4.1's dropped near WALKER
position. Casualties: 749159 Pte PARRETT, T. [sic] was
killed by a shell hitting direct, when carrying water. He was buried
R25c.3.3. (Ref Map 51c.S.E.)" A list of casualties compiled later
for the month of May contains a different, but still incorrect, entry:
"KILLED. 745159 Pte Parrett, F.V. 24-5-18." It seems likely,
due to the details given with the original War Diary entry, that 23 May
1918 is the correct date of death.
Capt. T.D. Patterson is shown
as Paymaster (attached from the C.A.P.C.) with the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps
in April 1918, but does not reappear in the Nominal Rolls after that date.
Lieut. W.H. Patterson is
shown in "E" Battery of No. 2 Company in the first Nominal Roll compiled
for the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps, dated April 1918. On 29 September
1918, he assumed command of No. 2 Company when Capt.
Millican was wounded. He is not shown in the Nominal Rolls after
September 1918. However, he was mentioned in the War Diary entry
for 2 October 1918: "The following letter was received from O.C. 25th
Battalion - 'I beg to express appreciation of the valuable assistance of
your 'E' Battery, commanded by Lieut. PATTERSON, between INCHY and MOEUVRES
on the 19th and 20th insts. Lieut. PATTERSON was indefatigable in co-operating
with this Battalion in the operations and his handling of his Guns and
his liaison with other Batteries was greatly appreciated by us.'"
Private G.W. Paul was gassed
on 14 September 1918. The War Diary entry for that day includes the
following: "Enemy shelled with gas shells in forward area and caused
strong concentration. 13 O.R's gassed. Shells used by enemy
were all H.E. containing small portion of gas."
Thomas Payne Boyd (aka James Thomas Payne) was born on 29 July 1895 at Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He enlisted in the 241st Overseas Battalion at Windsor, Ontario on 9 December 1916. He was working as a machinist, and living at 930 Warren Street, Flint, Michigan, USA, and had served for 336 days in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Welsh Regiment. He listed his next-of-kin as his mother Nancy Anne Payne, of 415 Yale Avenue, Irvington, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The War Diary states that Private J.F. Payne (1045917) [sic] was wounded during the battalion's support of raids carried out by 5th and 6th Canadian Infantry Brigades on 22 May 1918. A later list of casualties suggests that he and several other soldiers were actually wounded on 20 May, but gives his details, correctly, as Pte. J.T. Payne (1045526). The only suggestion of casualties in the War Diary entry for 20 May was as follows: "3.00-4.00 pm Sunken Road at 'A' Battery Headquarters heavily shelled."
Leslie Lionel Payne (1892-1975) - An Annotated Photographic Essay
Private C.W. Peake died on
18 April 1918 and was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.
1, Somme (Grave Ref. V.A.II). There is no information in the War
Diaries to indicate the circumstances surrounding his death.
From 3 January until 8 February 1918, Lt. Pearce and and CSM L.R. Laister proceeded on a Machine-Gun Course at the Canadian Corps School in Pernes. A week later, on 16 February, Pearce proceeded on a fortnight's leave in England, from which he returned on 3 March. At the end of March the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps Nominal Roll shows him in charge of "K" Battery, No. 3 Company. On 12 April he was placed in command of this battery, "pending approval." A list of dispositions of machine-gun crews dated 1 May suggests that he may have been promoted to at least Acting Captain by this time, although subsequent entries have him reverted to the rank of Lt.
By 8 April 1918, however,
when the company was involved in laying down an indirect fire barrage during
the Battle of Amiens, he was once again Captain H.J.L. Pearce, O.C. "K"
Battery. The September Nominal Roll shows Captain Pearce as on leave.
Then, on 11 October 1918, presumably during the Battle of Cambrai, he was
wounded. In his report on the attack, the O.C. Major
Sansom made an immediate recommendation for Captain Pearce to receive
the Military Cross, and Pearce did indeed receive the M.C. on 27 November.
His wounds must have been fairly slight, as he returned to duty shortly
afterwards, and remained O.C. of "K" Battery until at least the end of
December. By 15 January 1919 he was O.C. of "L" Battery, but returned
to "K" Battery until the end of March.
On 1 March 1918, Captain/Acting
Major W.M. Pearce was commanding the 4th CMG Company in the Lens Section
Support Area. By the end of the month, after the re-organization
of the companies into the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps, Major Pearce was O.C.
of No. 2 Company, and he remained in this position until 1 June 1918, when
he left for England to join the R.A.F. He was awarded the Military
Cross on 31 May 1918.
Private Ingma Pearson was
wounded on 12 September 1918. The War Diary wentry for that day includes
the following: "Enemy were very active with Artillery and Machine Gun
fire, using also a quantity of gas shells. Heavy barrage put down
in forward area by Germans. One casualty caused."
Peckham, John Sidney, 542357, Private (d. 1918)
Private John Sidney Peckham
was killed on 27 September 1918, during a retaliatory enemy artillery barrage,
and was buried at Sains-les-Marquion British Cemetery, Pas de Calais (Grave
Emanuel George Pequegnat was born c. 1889, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Pequegnat, later of 63 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario.
Private E.G. Pequegnat died
on 7 November 1917, aged 28, the day following the company's support of
the successful infantry attack on the village of Passchendaele. The
following extract is from the 6th Brigade CMG Company's War Diary for that
day: "Weather unfavorable. Barrage guns fired during night.
6000 rounds on S.O.S. line. Mobile guns spent a comparatively quiet
day. Ration parties made successful trips without casualties.
Guns of No. 1 Section suffered heavily during the day ... Total Casualties
for the day were 6 O.R's killed 7 O.R's wounded and 3 O.R's missing.
10 O.R's reinforcements were received." His name is commemmorated
on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 32).
Private W.J. Perkins died
on 11 August 1918 (although the War Diary states that he died of wounds
on 10 August), during the Battle of Amiens, and was buried at Villers-Bretonneux
Military Cemetery, Somme (Grave Ref. III.AA.6). This cemetery was
constructed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other
burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields.
Private E.S. Pettit died
on 7 November 1917, the day following the company's support of the successful
infantry attack on the village of Passchendaele. The following extract
is from the 6th Brigade CMG Company's War Diary for that day: "Weather
unfavorable. Barrage guns fired during night. 6000 rounds on
S.O.S. line. Mobile guns spent a comparatively quiet day. Ration
parties made successful trips without casualties. Guns of No. 1 Section
suffered heavily during the day ... Total Casualties for the day were 6
O.R's killed 7 O.R's wounded and 3 O.R's missing. 10 O.R's reinforcements
were received." His name is commemmorated on the Ypres (Menin
Gate) Memorial (Panel 32).
Private J.J. Phillips was
gassed on 19 September 1918. The War Diary entry for this day includes
the following: "6.00 pm Enemy shelling above normal. 100
Gas shells in V.24.a. & c. TRIGGER COPSE was spasmodically shelled
by enemy with H.V. Guns." He must have recovered sufficiently
to return to duty, because he was detached to 25th Canadian Battalion Unit
Group No. 1 Halifax. "B" on 25 March 1919 for the purpose of demobilization.
Private P.W. Phillips was
wounded on 2 October 1918. The National Archives CEF database shows
his final rank as Corporal, so presumably he recovered sufficiently to
return to duty.
Corporal A.A. Pigdon was
awarded the Military Medal on 19 September 1918. The National Archives
of Canada CEF database shows this soldier with the final rank of Sergeant,
so presumably he was promoted prior to his demobilisation.
Private W. Pinkerton was
gassed on 17 September 1918. The War Diary entry for this day includes
the following: "Shelling worked over to this Divisional front and enemy
used much gas."
Pte. H. Plouffe died on 9
August 1918, aged 26, and was is buried at Caix British Cemetery, Somme
(Grave Ref. I.C.2). This cemetery was constructed after the Armistice,
by the concentration of graves (mainly of March and August, 1918) from
the battlefields and small cemeteries in the neighbourhood. These
included the Caix (Old) British Cemtery (which included the graves of 91
soldiers from Canada), the De Luce British Cemetery (which included eight
Canadian soldiers who fell in August), and the Ridge Cemetery, Hangard
(where were buried 20 Canadian soldiers who fell on the 8th August, 1918)
[Source: CWGC on-line database].
Pte. Plouffe's parents were William & Marguerite Plouffe.
The War Diary of the 2nd
Battalion CMG Corps shows that Private A. Polwin was wounded on 27 September
1918, during a retaliatory enemy artillery barrage. The National
Archives of Canada on-line CEF database, however, shows no soldier of this
name and regimental number.
Donald Fraser, in his dairy
of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books)
mentions Porter in an incident on the morning of Monday, 9 April 1917,
during the advance on Vimy Ridge: "When in line with Neuville St. Vaast
bordering Guillermot trench the enemy sent over a few shells bursting a
hundred yards behind us. At first we took them for whiz-bangs on
account of their rapid flight and did not pay much attention, but as the
range was being lessened, the writer and a few others dropped into a shallow
trench a little to our rear. Pausing there for a minute or two I
was on the point of climbing out of the trench when a shell with a dull
plop burst on the parapet almost in my face. My breathing stopped
at once. With mouth open I could neither breathe in nor out.
Breathing was paralysed. It was a peculiar sensation. In a
flash I knew it was a gas shell and it completely fouled the air.
In a fraction of a second, in fact my quickness astonished me, I had my
respirator on and was breathing freely, but not before I caught sight of
Porter on my left, who looked as if he was a goner and had not the strength
to do anything. He was on the elderly side and I thought should not
have been in this action. However, we were signalled at the moment
to move on and I expected to hear later that Porter had breathed his last
... Porter ... later caught up with us much to my surprise. He said
he recovered from the gas attack, but the sergeant had to carry his load
on the way forward as he was all in."
Lieut. Hamilton Merritt Potticary
was first mentioned in the November 1918 Nominal Roll of officers in the
2nd Battalion CMG Corps, attached to No. 1 Company. From the following
month until the end of March 1919, he was listed under "A" Battery.
On 29 April 1917, while the
company was based in the Vimy Ridge area, Lieutenants
Downing and T.A. Potts reported for duty with 28 O.R.s from the base.
On 10 May the War Diary shows that "Lts R.H. Locke and T.A. Potts [were]
wounded." It is presumed that he did not return to the company,
as there is no further mention of him in the War Diaries.
A 6th Brigade CMG Company
Operation Order dated 3 July 1917 contains the following instruction: "Corporal
Preston to report to O.C. at Coy. Hdqrs."
Acting L/Corporal F.W. Preston
was attached to the 2nd Battalion C.M.G. Corps from the Canadian Army Medical
Corps. He was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion for demobilization
at Unit Group No. 1, Halifax on 26 March 1919.
Private J. Preston was reported
missing on 26 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras. Presumably
he was subsequently found, since he does not appear in the CWGC on-line
database of soldiers killed in WW1.
Lieutenant J.F. Price was
in "B" Battery of No.1 Company, 2nd Battalion CMG Corps from April until
at least July 1918. In September 1918, he was Transport Officer for
No. 1 Company. On 10 October, he was vice O.C. of "F" Battery.
The Nominal Roll for November shows him under "G" Battery, but in hospital.
Private H. Puddle was killed
on 3 April 1918. According to the War Diary entry for that day, "Privates
PUDDLE & ELAND were hit by enemy
H.E. shell when working improving the trench." The CWGC on-line
database claims that he was a member of the 5th Battalion CMG Corps, but
it appears that this is probably a mistake, and should read 2nd Battalion
CMG Corps. His name is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. On
31 May 1918, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Private V.B. Pugh died on
8 August 1918, during the Battle of Amiens, and was buried at Wood Cemetery,
Somme (Grave Ref. A.26). Marcelcave was captured by the Canadian
Corps on the 8 August 1918 and Wood Cemetery was created shortly afterwards.
Corporal A. Pulsifer was
recommended for the Military Medal, for actions during the Battle of Cambrai
between 9 and 15 October 1918. He was awarded the M.M. on 19 November
1918. He was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No.
1 Halifax. "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilization.
Wilbert Raymond Pulver was born on 7 December 1890, son of Wilbert Jerome and Maria Pulver of Marshville, Ontario. [Family Notes]
Private Pulver died on 10
April 1917, aged 29, and buried at Etaples Military Cemetery (Grave Ref.
XVIII.G.1). This cemetery is some distance from the front lines,
and was largely used by hospitals and convalescent depots. It seems
likely, therefore, that he died as a result of wounds received or from
Private D.B.D. Pyper was gassed on 17 September 1918. The War Diary entry for this day includes the following: "Shelling worked over to this Divisional front and enemy used much gas."
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