John Roger Colquhoun

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 26, 1891

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Alexander and Joanna (nee Liddle) Colquhoun


Jul 19, 1915

Shown on the payroll for the Welland Canal Force of the 19th Lincoln Regiment, guarding the canals and locks of the Welland Canal


Aug 2, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Ø      Number 141644

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert Colquhoun, Main St., Port Dalhousie, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to No. 12 Platoon, “C” Company 

The battalion began it’s training in the Niagara Camp at Niagara on the Lake, but in November of 1915 it moved to Camp Borden, Ontario to complete the training schedule.


Dec 13, 1915

Admitted to the Barrie Hospital diagnosed with Bronchitis


Dec 18, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 13, 1916

Married to Margaret Myrtle Playfair (original family name Pifer) in Barrie, Ontario.  Her family was from Germany and most likely wanted to anglicize their family name due to the hostility towards Germany.


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

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


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jul 12, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Chippewa Camp near La Clytte.


Sep 16, 1916

During the fighting at Courcelette, near the sugar refinery, which began the previous day, Private Colquhoun, was killed in action and buried near where he fell and the location was recorded.

When the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission made the attempt to locate all the battlefield burials to relocate them to organized cemeteries.  Pte Colquhoun’s grave 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, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. M.M. Colquhoun, 2 Charles St., Barrie, Ontario

His widow remarried in 1924 and died in Bowmanville, Ontario on May 30, 1933


Private Colquhoun is also honoured on the Port Dalhousie, Ontario War Memorial

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