John Robert Coghill, MM
Thank you to Jim Busby for researching the Winnipeg newspapers
for this page and for visiting the Brookside Cemetery to photograph
the grave marker



Aug 10, 1888

Born at Caithness Shire Scotland




Feb 19, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59181 (temporary number 1246)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr John Coghill (father) of Lochend Barrack, Caithness Shire Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Policeman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 5th Seaforth Territorials for 2 years

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Enlisted as a member of the Pipe Band


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 15, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


May 25, 1916

At duty from leave


Oct 4, 1916

Attached to the Division Mule Fatigue for duty


Oct 15, 1916

Returned to battalion from Fatigue duty


Feb 19, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 20, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Oct 16, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal


Nov 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined battalion


Feb 11, 1919       Awarded the Military Medal as per London Gazette #31173 

Below is from the 21st Battalion War Diary


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre

Disembarked in England and proceeded to Witley Camp and TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing pending return to Canada


Apr 30, 1919

His Military Medal was presented to him by Brigadier-General R Rennie, CB, CMG, MVO, DSO while on parade at the Witley Camp


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” number 279899 issued

Ø      Intended residence on discharge - 89 Charlotte St, Winnipeg Manitoba 

On his return to Winnipeg, he rejoined the city police force and in 1920 formed the Winnipeg City Police Pipe Band and served as their first Pipe Major.




Apr 16, 1921

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following medals were sent to 89 Charlotte St, Winnipeg Manitoba 

Ø      1914-15 Star

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal




Mar 6, 1963

Deceased at Deer Lodge Hospital, St James Manitoba and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg



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