Hugh Clayton Cameron, MC


LCol HC Cameron LCol HC Cameron


The following information was obtained from the Elgin County Museum by John Sargeant.



The following information was obtained from the Elgin County Museum by John Sargeant.


Attended the St Thomas Collegiate Institute and was a member of the No 7 Cadet Corp for 3 years  

While in France he earned the MC for his service at Arras. It was in the London Gazette 18-1-18 and the citation was gazetted 2 months later “…for conspicuous gallantry in consolidating his line after a major barrage by the enemy…” 

Upon his return to Canada he completed his education and shortly after joined the law practice of his father Wm K Cameron, in St Thomas “Cameron and Grant” to create Cameron, Grant and Cameron.  Col Cameron’s father had practiced law in the city originally with the firm McLean, McLean and Cameron until he united with Andrew Grant. 

In June of 1933 Major Cameron 2IC of the Elgin Regiment, was promoted to Lt Col and placed in Command of the Regt. He was CO until 1936.  He was appointed as King’s Counsel in 1933 and shortly after was appointed to the position of Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. 

Lt Col Cameron took command of the 2nd Res Bn of the Elgin Regt until early in 1943 when he went on active service again. 

Col Cameron is a Q.C. 

The following is from the service file


Dec 28, 1893

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario to William Kenneth and Frances Jean (nee McLean) Cameron


Aug 31, 1915

Commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant in the 25th Regiment


Nov 13, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 91st Battalion CEF in St. Thomas with the rank of Lieutenant


Nov 30, 1915

Qualified Musketry Instructor in the 1st Division London


Dec 14, 1915

Admitted to the Amasa Wood Hospital (now known as the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital) in St. Thomas with a diagnosis that reads Varicocele


Dec 23, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 16, 1916

Sworn into the 91st Battalion CEF in St. Thomas, Ontario 

Ø      Rank Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as William Kenneth Cameron, father, 32 St. George St., St. Thomas, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Law Student at Osgoode Hall

Ø      Previous military experience given as 25th Elgin Regiment, Canadian Militia and 3 years as a Cadet

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company 

The Medical Officer made note of the 2nd toe of his right foot had been amputated 

The battalion trained in the St. Thomas area


Apr 17, 1916

Assigned for duty in London, Ontario as a Musketry Instructor


Apr 30, 1916

Rejoined the 91st Battalion in St. Thomas


Jun 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to West Sandling


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Sep 1, 1916

Qualified at the BF & PT (Battle Fitness and Physical Training) Course


Oct 7, 1916

Married to Eileen Helen Farmer


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the reserve battalion, it moved to Seaford


Jan 5, 1917

Proceeded to the base depot in France in charge of a reinforcement draft


Jan 9, 1917

Returned from France


Apr 21, 1917

Proceeded to the base depot in France in charge of a reinforcement draft


Apr 30, 1917

Returned from France


Jul 28, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 30, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 15 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 2, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Aug 3, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, he joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve at Fosse 10, France and assigned to “A” Company.  He later served as OC of “D” Company


Dec 4, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 20, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 18, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross per London Gazette #30482



This action took place at Passchendaele the previous November


Feb 2, 1918

Proceeded on course


Mar 18, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from course


Jul 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Aug 7, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 27, 1918

While in command of “A” Company during the advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, Lieutenant Cameron received a shrapnel wound that passed completely through his left shoulder.  After receiving first aid, he was evacuated to the No. 12 Stationary Hospital in St. Pol


Aug 31, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road, London 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the Officer’s Convalescent Hospital, Matlock, Bath to continue his recuperation


Sep 25, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Nov 20, 1918

Posted to the EORD at Witley pending return to Canada


Nov 23, 1918

Embarked the SS Aquitania in Southampton


Nov 28, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario


Dec 16, 1918

Discharged from the CEF 

Ø      Rank on discharge Lieutenant 

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 32 St. Grange St., St. Thomas, Ontario


Mar 29, 1920

Eileen Helen Cameron died in the Amasa Wood Hospital of Eclampsia (a complication of pregnancy) during the birth of a stillborn son


Oct 1, 1923

Married to Margaret Brady in St. Thomas, Ontario.  He stated that he was a widower and employed as a Lawyer.  Margaret stated that she was divorced


Jan 3, 1977

Hugh Cameron MC, died in St. Thomas, Ontario and was buried in the Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery there

Medals photo courtesy of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Museum


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