2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps
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Taylor, Foster Chipman, 817944, Sergeant
The CWGC on-line database
states that Private J.A. Taylor died on 13 May 1918, and was buried at
Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere (Grave Ref. II.H.14). The War
Diary states that, "237554 Pte TAYLOR was buried at BRETENCOURT. Ref.
Map 51.c.S.E. R.25.c.3.3." at 4.30 p.m. on 12 May 1918, but there is
no indication of how he met his death. A later list of casualties
gives a date of 13 May for his death.
Lieutenant Thomas A.H. Taylor
appears to have been the senior officer of the 6th Brigade CMG Company
at the time of its formation in early 1916. On 20th March, he was
promoted to Captain and given command of the company. Three days
later he went on leave to England, from which he returned on 3 April.
On 6 April, at 4.30 a.m. he was wounded by shrapnel at Voormezele, and
obviously evacuated to England, becasue the War Diary notes that he returned
to duty from there on 9 July 1916. Captain Taylor went on leave to
England on 5 November 1916, after which Captain Eastham took over permanent
command of the Company, so presumably Taylor was posted elsewhere at this
Sergeant Gordon Thistle was
recommended for the Military Medal by his O.C., Major E.W. Sansom, for
actions during the period 9-15 October 1918. He received this award
on 19 November 1918.
Corporal Alexander Thom is mentioned in a report dated 26 August 1918 which accompanies the Battalion War Diaries: "'C' Battery with the 24th Cdn. Inf. Battalion without Officers and reduced to 6 Guns and very slim gun crews was taken over by 67235 Corporal McALLISTER and under his directions three Guns dribbled forward to ULSTER Trench and three under 171225 Corporal THOM to UNION Trench. From here they got into action against numerous small parties of the enemy who were attempting to advance. Corporal McALLISTER proved a resourceful and courageous leader. He re-organized the Gun crews and collected a few Infantrymen to assist as carriers and in belt filling. Corporal THOM's crews were not sufficient to get sufficient ammunition and he made several trips across the open bringing up belt boxes."
Corporal F.G. Thomas was
wounded on 9 October 1918. He was recommended for the Military Medal
by his O.C., for his actions during the Battle of Cambrai, and received
the M.M. on 19 November 1918.
The War Diary states that
Private J.A. Tilly [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, and gives his name as J.W. TILY, which
corresponds with the information provided by the Natial Archives of Canada
on-line CEF database.
6th Bde. CMG Company War Diary entry for 17 September 1917 (Maisnil Bouche): "Corps Routine Order No. 1442 dated 14/9/1917 awarded the Military Medal to the following N.C.O's of this unit ... No. 71230 Sgt. L.T. Tingley." On 4 November 1917, just prior to the attack on Passchendaele village, he was commander of No.7 and No. 8 Machine-gun crews, as well as an attached gun (No. 11) from the 5th Bde. CMG Coy, which relieved the 4th Bde. CMG Coy. that night. They were pulled back into reserve the following day.
Lieut. W.P. Tozer was in
"B" Battery of No.1 Company 2nd Battalion CMG Company from March 1918 until
he was wounded on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras. He
had returned to duty by the time the October Nominal Roll was compiled,
and continued to serve in "B" Battery until the end of March 1918.
Private J.L. Towe was wounded
on 10 September 1918. The War Diary entry for this day includes the
following: "'E' Battery relieved 'F' Battery and 'H' Battery relieved
'G' Battery. Great deal of difficulty was experienced in making relief
owing to guns being changed in their positions. Six casualties were
caused by enemy shelling during relief and two tripods hit."
Private D.A. Tower was detached
to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March
1918, for the purpose of demobilization.
Tracey, Maurice, 57955, Lance Corporal
Acting Corporal M. Tracey
was wounded on 22 May 1918. This may have been as a result of No.
3 Company's support of a midnight raid carried out by the 6th Brigade.
Clifford Weldon Travis was born c. 1893, son of Mr & Mrs .C.B. Travis (later of Sydney, Nova Scotia).
Lieut. C.W. Travis was posted to the 5th CMG Company and reported for duty on 22 March 1918. After the re-organization of the companies into the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps in late March, he was in "C" Battery, No. 1 Company.
Lieutenant Travis was killed
in action on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras, and buried at
Quebec Cemetery (Grave Ref. D.14). On the morning of that day, the
company continued the advance which had commenced two days earlier, with
the objective being to take the village of Cagnicourt. "C" Battery
was in the centre of the attack, which began at 12.30 p.m. The following
extract from a report accompanying the War Diary for that day describes
the action: "The attack progressed favourably until the crest of the
hill in O.34 and U.3 was reached. Here the attacking troops came
under extremely heavy machine gun fire from UPTON WOODS and SABLE ?ITS.
This caused very severe casualties amongst the Infantry and Machine Gunners.
'A' Battery lost two Officers, 'B' Battery 3 Officers, and 'C' Battery
3 Officers. All Batteries also lost heavily in Gunners ... 'C' Battery
with the 24th Cdn. Inf. Battalion without Officers and reduced to 6 Guns
and very slim gun crews was taken over by 67235
Corporal McALLISTER and under his directions three Guns dribbled forward
to ULSTER Trench and three under 171225 Corporal THOM
to UNION Trench. From here they got into action against numerous
small parties of the enemy who were attempting to advance. Corporal
McALLISTER proved a resourceful and courageous leader. He re-organized
the Gun crews and collected a few Infantrymen to assist as carriers and
in belt filling. Corporal THOM's crews were not sufficient to get
sufficient ammunition and he made several trips across the open bringing
up belt boxes ... On the night 28/29th the Batteries withdrew at 1.00 a.m.
upon relief by the 1st Battalion, C.M.G.C., and moved back to billets ..."
Private John Tremblay died
on 31 October 1917, and is buried at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres
Tucker, -, Sergeant
3 July 1916 Sgt. Tucker proceeded (from Reningelst) to Camiers on Course of Instruction in Mechanism of Vickers Gun.
Donald Fraser reports in
his diary (The
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF
Books) on 17 October 1916, that, "Sgts. Tucker and McGirr
and Cpl. Hun have been awarded M.M.'s
in connection with the Somme offensive."
Tucker, George William, (Orig. #629601), Lieutenant, M.C., M.M.
During June and July 1918
several sources in the War Diary show Lt. G.W. Tucker, M.C., M.M., as O.C.
of "H" Battery, No. 2 Company. By 9 August 1918 he had been promoted
to Acting Captain, and commanded "H" Battery No. 2 Company during the Battle
of Amiens. On 30 September he assumed command of No. 2 Company on
returning from leave.
Tucker, William, 141795, Private
The War Diary for the
2nd Battalion CMGCorps contains the following entry for 7 June 1918: "Artillery
(Hostile) was very much more active on whole Divisional Front, especially
in support area. Casualties:- 141795 Pte Tucker, W. 57110
Pte Lambert, J. - Slightly wounded."
Tucker, William Frederick, Lieutenant
On 18 January 1917 the 6th Bde. CMG Coy. War Diary shows that Lt. Tucker returned to the company, then located at Dieval, from leave, suggesting that he had been with the unit previously, although no mention of him has been found. Two weeks latet, on 1 February, while the company was at Burbure, he proceeded on map-reading course at Pernes, returning on 9 February.
On 9 April 1917 during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Lt Tucker was in charge of 2 gun crews in No. 3 Section which advanced on the right of "D" Company 29th Infantry Battalion. While two guns under the O.C. Lt. Hardiman covered the advance of "D" Company, "Lt. Tucker with two guns entered the wood [Bois des Ville], dug in and got into action firing heavily upon enemies artillery with good results until ammunition began to run short when men were sent back to carry up supply." On the following day, No 3 Section brought all four guns to bear on hostile troops massing North of Willerval. "Hostile parties were dispersed and heavy casualties inflicted. Late in the afternoon the 27th and 29th Bns advanced strong patrols towards the Sunken Road and Railway. The left advance of 29th Bn was covered by a barrage from these guns and captured German gun 10 000 rounds being fired ... Lt. Tucker ... rendered exceptionally good services throughout whole of the operations." [War Diary] On 27 April 1917 Lt Tucker was in charge of No. 3 Section, at that time based at the Farbus-Vimy Rwy Embankment, on the eastern side of Vimy Ridge. By 8-10 May he was with four mobile guns at aposition 300 yards in front of the Farbus-Vimy Rwy Embankment.
Between 2 and 14 August Lt Tucker was in charge of No. 1 Section (and battery commander) at barrage positions in Lens suburbs (J Battery). On 25 August notification received that Lt Tucker awarded the Military Cross. Four days later, on 29 September, he attended M.G. Course in Camiers for a month, returning on 29 October. On 5 November Lt Tucker was still in charge of No. 1 Section at Potijze, where they were preparing for the Passchendaele attack.
On 14 January 1918 Lt Tucker
proceeded on 14 days' leave to England, returning to his unit on 31 January.
He was O.C. of No. 1 Section on 10 February. Two weeks later, on
26 February 1918 Lt Tucker attended a lecture in Camblain l'Abbe by General
Byng on the Cambrai offensive, and on 2 March he proceeded on a course
at the Corps Gas School. After this date, there is no further mention
of him in the War Diaries.
Private Frank Turner was wounded on 7 November 1918.
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