2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps
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Fage, Avard Nelson, 415498, Private (1889-)
On 4 November 1917, as they were preparing for the attack on Passchendaele village, Private Donald Fraser found some time to contemplate the make-up of his crew (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books): "Expecting to remain here until the end of the Passchendaele action, I found time to check up on the crew and the gun and noted the following:
This soldier was almost certainly the Avard Nelson Fage who enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Amherst, Nova Scotia on 17 March 1915. He was born on 8 April 1889 at Hastings, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, and at the time of his enlistment he was unmarried, an active militia member, and worked as a butcher at Hastings. He listed Mr. Thompson Fage, also of Hastings, as next-of-kin. [Family Notes]
Benjamin Faichney/Fitchney was born on 9 October 1893 at Stirlingshire, Scotland. He enlisted in the 134th Overseas Battalion (48th Highlanders) at Toronto, Ontario on 31 January 1916, having previously served with the 48th Regiment for two years and with the 5th Scottish Rifles for a further eight years. He was unmarried, working as a cashier, and living at 414 Huron Street, Toronto, Ontario, and listed his mother, Margaret Faichney of Blanefield, Glasgow, Scotland, as next-of-kin.
Roy Atwater Fanning was born on 7 April 1888 at Belmont, Peterborough County, Ontario. When he enlisted in the 205th Battalion at Hamilton, Ontario on 10 April 1916, he was working as a machinist, and living at 493 Wilson Street, Hamilton, Ontario; he stated his next-of-kin to be Charles Atwater Fanning at the same address. He was not then serving in an active militia, but had previously been with the 96th Regiment at Port Arthur for a year.
On 3 October 1917, while the machine-gun crews of the company were being relieved in the line, they experienced a heavy enemy artillery bombardment. The following extract is from the War Diary for that day: "During night 3/4th October Company was relieved in the line by attached the 14th Cdn M.G. Coy. Relief complete by 1 a.m. During the relief heavy enemy shelling. Ration Dump T.20.b.30.60 was shelled causing the loss of two horses. No. 240 371 Pte. A. Fanning slightly wounded still at duty."
A month later, on 7 November
1917, and shortly after the village of Passchendaele had been captured,
Private Roy Fanning was killed. His death is commemmorated on the
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 32).
Farley, Patrick Joseph, 76233, Corporal (1879-1916)
Patrick Joseph Farley/Farrelly was born on 21 April 1879 at Baillietown, Co. Cavan, Ireland, son of Patrick & Cathrine Farrelly. Prior to his enlistment in the 29th Battalion on 6 November 1914 at Vancouver, B.C. he had spent 12 years serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He gave his occupation as shoemaker, and his next-of-kin as his brother George Farley, also of Bailietown, Co. Cavan.
Corporal Farley was killed
on 15 September 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme.
On this day, the company supported attacks made by the 6th Canadian Infantry
Brigade on the village of Courcelette: "Weather fine. Attack by
27th & 28th Battalions on German Lines. No 2 Section advanced
with attacking Battalions and took up defense positions in Support.
No. 2 & 4 Sections conducted indirect fire approximately 45.000 S.A.A.
were fired during the course of the attack. 3.30 P.M. Request from
27th Battalion for two more guns. Two guns of No. 1 Section under
Lt. Douglas were dispatched and took up defensive positions with 27th Battalion."
[War Diary] His name is commemmorated on the Vimy Memorial.
John Farquharson was born on 6 July 1888 at Sydney, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Aldershot, Nova Scotia on 21 May 1915, at which time he was unmarried and ranching. He listed his mother, also of Sydney, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.
Pierre Fau was born on 28 April 1893 in Paris, France, and enlisted in the 214th Overseas Battalion at St. Brieux, Saskatchewan on 25 March 1916. At that time, he was single and working as a farmer at St. Brieux, and listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Boe Lucie Fau, also of St. Brieux, Saskatchewan.
Robert Judson Feener was born on 23 July 1896 at Liverpool, Queen's County, Nova Scotia, son of Arthur Feener. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 1st Depot Battalion of the Nova Scotia Regiment at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 March 1918, having received a medical examination at the same place on 2 November 1917. He was single and working as a chauffeur at Liverpool, and listed his father, also of Liverpool, as next-of-kin.
Ernest D. Fenn was born on 18 August 1891 at Downham, Cambridgeshire, England. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the ?23rd Overseas Battalion at London, Ontario on 26 August 1915, at which time he was single and working as a farmer. He listed David Fenn of Little Dowham Fenn, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, as his next-of-kin.
William Chester Ferguson was born on 9 November 1893 at Prince Edward Island, son of Alfred Ferguson. He enlisted in the 184th Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 31 March 1916, at which time he was single, working as a teamster, and living at 341 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He listed his mother, then of Cape Traverse, P.E.I., as next-of-kin. Notes on his attestation paper include the following: handwritten "card E6 May 8th 1916" and typed "Lieut. Carlyle. West Kildonan Platoon. Report 3/4/1916." Also there is note to the effect that he was transferred to the 221st Battalion on 30 June 1916.
An Operation Order dated
8 April 1917 and attached to the 6th Bde. CMG Coy. War Diary contains the
following: "Sgt. Dythe with one
corporal 10 men and 10 pack animals will report to Divisional Pack Train
under Lt. Ferris at 6 a.m. April 9th in BOIS DES ALLEUX." These
were part of the preparations for the attack on Vimy Ridge, which was due
to take place on the following day.
St. George Fildes was born on 23 April 1888 at Montreal, Quebec, son of Charles Fildes. He enlisted in the 27th Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 25 October 1914, and stated that he was currently serving with the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada, an active militia. He was working as a salesman at the time, and showed his next-of-kin as his father, of 2230 Mance Street, Montreal.
Lieutenant S.G. Fildes was
loaned to the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps from the 27th (Canadian Infantry)
Battalion as Assistant Adjutant. The following is an extract from
the War Diary for 14 April 1918: "Lieut. FILDES was loaned by the 27th
Battalion to this Battalion to act as Assistant Adjutant. He at once
started a thorough reorganization of "A" and "Q" Branches of Unit, owing
to it having grown beyond all limits. Card Index system for men started,
and with the original A.F.B. 213 of Unit used as a base, made out a complete
Nominal Roll of the Battalion." He remained with the unit, as
Assistant Adjutant, until 24 November 1918, when he was admitted to hospital,
sick with influenza. He must have recovered quickly, as he took over
the duties of Adjutant on 21 December. He was mentioned in dispatches
on 1 January 1919. He remained with the battalion until at least
George Donald Finlayson was born on 28 August 1890 at Kincardine, Bruce County, Ontario, and enlisted in the 184th Overseas Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 20 March 1916. At this time he was married and working as a real estate agent; he listed his wife Gladys Finlayson of 509 Young Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, as next-of-kin.
Ernest Fisher was born on 25 September 1892 at Wigan, Lancashire, England, son of William Fisher. He enlisted in the 192nd Overseas Battalion at Bellevue, Alberta on 7 March 1916, at which time he was working as a motor enigineer at Bellevue. He listed his father, also of Bellevue, Alberta, as next-of-kin.
Walter Abbott Fisher was born on 14 November 1893 at Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 205th Battalion at Hamilton, Ontario on 13 October 1916, at which time he was working as a shoe-hand, and living at the Franklin Hotel, King Street West, Hamilton. He listed his mother, Mrs Minnie Botterill of 26 Sharman Road, Northampton, England, as next-of-kin.
John Fogan was born on 7 July 1882 at Newcastle, New Brunswick, and enlisted in the 140th (or 64th?) Overseas Battalion at Sussex, New Brunswick on 27 September 1915. He was married and working as a labourer, and listed his wife, Mary J. Fogan of Newcastle, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, as next-of-kin.
Joseph Cyril Foley was born on 4 December 1895 at Vancouver, British Columbia. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 121st Overseas Battalion - via the 11th Regiment (The Irish Fusiliers of Canada) - at New Westminster, British Columbia on 1 December 1915. He was unmarried and working at Dewdney, British Columbia, and listed his father, also of P.O. Dewdney, as next-of-kin.
The War Diary for the 2nd
Battalion CMG Corps notes that Lieut.-Colonel
W.M. Balfour, D.S.O., Commander of the Canadian Machine Gun School
Depot at Seaford in England, and Major Forbes M.C. Chief Instructor were
attached from 26 to 27 June 1918, "with a view to adjusting their views
as to training required for re-enforcements and etc.", after which
they "left unit to join 1st Battalion CMG Corps." During this
visit, "the Sections put on an exhibition of field work with marked
ability and success."
Donald Fraser includes the
following entry in his diary (The
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books):
"Friday, 17 August 1917 - This morning a party went forward and brought
out one of our guns that had been smashed by shrapnel, the muzzle cap being
broken and the jacket perforated ... Later on in the day another went out
to look for Elmer Bishop but it
appeared a burial party had picked him up. Quite a number of our
dead were lying around. In addition to Campbell
and Bishop, Muirhead was slightly
gassed and Drysdale and Forbes
John Gurney Fordham was born on 8 January 1878, son of barrister John H. Fordham and his wife Catherine, of 9 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London, England. John Gurney Fordham married Corisande Powell on 11 October 1904 at Victoria, B.C. [Family Notes] He enlisted at Vancouver, B.C. on 17 December 1914, describing his wife, at 1325 Cardero St, Vancouver, as next-of-kin, and his occupation as a merchant. He also stated that he was a member of an Active Militia.
On 24 August 1916 the 6th Brigade CMG Company War Diary shows Lt. Fordham departing on two months' special leave. This is the only mention found of him thus far, and it is presumed that his stay with the unit was therefore of a relatively short duration.
Thomas Forrest was born on 5 December 1893 at Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He enlisted at Calgary, Alberta on 3 November 1915, at which time he was unmarried, and working as a clerk. He stated that he was an active member of the 103rd Calgary Rifles, and listed W.P. Forrest of 126, 22nd Avenue, NE Calgary, as his next-of-kin.
Frederick William Forster was born on 2 November 1879 at Brantford, Brant County, Ontario. When he enlisted in the 27th Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 7 November 1914, he was married and working as an auctioneer and agent, was a member of the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada, a militia regiment, and had seen service with "B" Troop of the Manitoba Dragoons. He listed his next-of-kin as his wife Mrs. Annie Forster, of Pincher Creek, Alberta.
Sergeant F.W. Forster was
wounded on 17 May 1918, although he remained at duty. The following
War Diary entry probably refers to this incident: "10.00 am Officer
Commanding inspected billets of No. 3 Company and found all very satisfactory.
Lieut. McCULLOUGH (James Arthur) slightly wounded, but remained in duty.
Three other ranks wounded." Sergeant Forster was wounded again
on 11 October 1918.
George Wallace Foster was born on 19 January 1883 in Sussex, England. He enlisted in the 207th Battalion at Ottawa, Ontario on 22 May 1916, having served for 18 months in the G.G.F.G. in Ottawa. He was married, and working as a motorman, and gave his next-of-kin as his wife, of 77 Prospect Avenue, Westboro, Ontario. A typewritten note on his attestation paper indicates that he was assigned to No. 1 Company, Str. Rly. Platoon.
Harold Arthur Fowler was born on 27 November 1891 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, son of F.C. Fowler. He enlisted in the 44th Overseas Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 20 February 1915, stating that he was an active member of a militia, and was working as a grain clerk. He listed his next-of-kin as his father of 422 Ass...barrie(?) Avenue.
Lieut. H.A. Fowler is shown
as Paymaster of the Battalion (attached from the C.A.P.C.) from July 1918
until March 1919. His final rank in the CEF is shown as Major.
William Cushing Francis was born on 31 March 1896 at Caledonia, Queen's County, Nova Scotia, son of Frederick George Francis. He enlisted in the 193rd Battalion at Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia on 14 March 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a telegraph operator at Great Village, Nova Scotia. He listed his father, also of Great Village, as next-of-kin.
Donald Fraser was born on 15 March 1882 at Abriachan, Inverness, Scotland, son of Hugh Fraser. With an education at George Watson's College in Edinburgh and, after his father's death in 1903, a brief spell following the family trade as a wine merchant, he emigrated to Canada in 1906. Initially he worked in Manitoba as a farm labourer, but then became a bank clerk, first in Calgary, then in Vancouver. He enlisted in the 31st Battalion at Calgary, Alberta on 24 November 1914, statting his profession to be accountant, and listing his sister Annie Fraser, of Allanville, Glenurquhart, Inverness, as next-of-kin.
By the end of May 1915, he was training, with the rest of the Second Division of the C.E.F. at Dibgate Camp in Kent, southern England. They moved to France in September that year, where Private Fraser fought with the 31st Battalion, taking part in the Battles of St. Eloi Craters, 3rd Ypres, and Courcelette (on the Somme). On 22 September, he was transferred to the 6th Brigade Machine Gun Company, where he remained until he was wounded during the Battle of Passchendaele in November 1917. After evacuation to England, treatment and a period of recuperation, he returned to Canada as an invalid in June 1918.
Donald Fraser married Caroline Mackintosh on 1 November 1919. They lived in Calgary, Alberta, where they had two children, Hugh and Deirdre, and where Donald worked for the Department of National Revenue. A severe illness prompted the family's move to Victoria, B.C. in 1946, but he died later that year.
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books
Hugh Fraser was born on 16 October 1885 at Glasgow, Scotland. He enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec on 22 September 1914, at which time he was working as a cleaner and presser. He stated his next-of-kin as David Fraser, of 89 Bartholomew Road, London, England.
William Oswald Fraser was born on 27 June 1895 at Owen Sound, Grey County, Ontario. He enlisted in the 147th (Grey) Overseas Battalion at Owen Sound on 15 January 1916, at which time he was married, working as a butcher, and living at 133, 8th Street East, Owen Sound, Ontario. He listed his wife, Mrs. P.? Fraser, as next-of-kin.
Private W.O. Fraser was killed
in action on 6 November 1918, and was buried at Valenciennes (St. Roch)
Communal Cemetery, Nord (Grave Ref. I.A.10). His name is comemmorated
on Men of the
Empire - A List of Grey County's Fallen Soldiers by Winfield
Richard Joseph Edmund Freeman was born on 12 March 1886 at Oxford, England. He enlisted in the 164th Battalion at Orangeville on 18 February 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a farmer at Camilla?, Ontario. He listed his mother, Bessie Freeman of 64 Holywell, Oxford, England, as next-of-kin.
Oscar French was born on 31 December 1896 (although his attestation paper states 30 Dec 1897) at Waverley, Flos Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario, son of Samuel French & Emily nee Hodges. [Family Notes] When he enlisted in the 37th Battalion at Niagara, Ontario, on 5 June 1915, he described himself as a Farmer.
Oscar French was one of the two members - the other was Joseph Defayette - of No. 2 Section, 6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company to be killed in the advance on the morning of Monday 9th April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The War Diary mentions him by name, and states that he was killed by shell fire. This must have been after Nos. 1 and 2 Section machine-gun crews established their positions close to the "Red Line" on the Les Tilleuls-Petit Vimy road, shortly after 9 a.m. He was buried at the Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thelus (Ref. IV.D.15), and also has a memorial tombstone at French's Meth. Cemetery, Flos Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario.
Donald Fraser mentions the
Vimy casualties in his diary (The
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books):
"Wednesday 11th April 1917 - I understand our Company's casulaties were
twelve. Horsfall, French
and a new battalion man who was attached to us were killed ..."
The War Diary entry for 25
May 1918 indicates that Private H. Freesman [sic], along with three others,
was wounded, although there is no indication of the circumstances of these
casualties. He was wounded again on 18 June 1918, the War Diary noting,
"No. 142157 Pte FRIESMAM. A. [sic] was wounded in the leg by
a machine gun bullet. This is the fourth time this man has been wounded."
See also Cecil
Gray Frost: WW1 Correspondence 1917-1919
William David Frost was born on 31 July 1883 at Redenhall, Norfolk, England, son of Ambrose and Betsy Frost. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 128th Overseas Battalion at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 6 March 1916, having served for 13 years 23 days in the 1st Norfolks. At the time he was living in Moose Jaw and working as a bricklayer. He listed his next-of-kin as his parents, then of Starston, nr. Harlestone, Norfolk, England.
Private (listed as Corporal
in the War Diary) W.D. Frost died on 28 August 1918, during the Battle
of Arras, and was buried at Quebec Cemetery, Pas de Calais (Grave Ref.
C.25). The CWGC on-line database shows his parents living at Green
Lanes, Starston, Norfolk, England at that time.
Earle Albert Fulton was born on 6 March 1896 at Lakelands, Nova Scotia, son of Arthur W. Fulton. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 193rd Overseas Battalion at Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia on 6 April 1916, having previously served for two years with "C" Company in the 93rd Regiment at Aldershot. He was still an active militia member, unmarried and worked as a lumberman at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. He listed his father, still of Lakelands, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.
Corporal E.A. Fulton was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.
Louis Emil Fulton was born on 14 August 1898 at Upper Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, son of Samuel A. Fulton. [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 193rd Overseas Battalion at Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia on 11 March 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a clerk at Upper Stewiacke. He listed his father, also of Upper Stewiacke, as next-of-kin.
Private L.E. Fulton was detached to the 25th Canadian Battalion Unit Group No. 1 Halifax "B" on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.
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