Gordon Cline

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 28, 1897

Born in Ingersoll, Ontario to Walter Algernon and Isabella (nee Henderson) Cline


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion in Ingersoll, Ontario

Ø      Number 675267

Ø      Next of kin given as Walter Cline, father, Ingersoll, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Timekeeper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Up until June of 1916 his Company was billeted in the McCarty House hotel in Ingersoll to begin their training.


Jun 1, 1916

The 168th Battalion moved to London Ontario for further training.  From here, they proceeded to Camp Borden for more training.


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling to continue training.


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements from England.


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD to join the battalion


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches along the Bailleul-Riaumont-Loos Line as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements.  While here the battalion was supplying work parties to assist the Engineers in rebuilding trenches etc.

There is no explanation in the file as to why it took almost a full month for him to join the battalion after leaving the CBD.


Aug 15, 1917

An enemy sniper shot and killed Private Cline during the attack on Hill 70.  He was initially buried by his comrades near where he fell on Hill 70.  A cross was erected and the grave’s location was recorded.

When the war had ended and the Graves Registration Commission began relocating the battlefield burials into organized cemeteries, his remains could not be located and he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Isabella Cline, Box 592, Ingersoll, Ontario.

The recipient of the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll is not recorded in the file.


The Ingersoll, Ontario War Memorial

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