Andrew Ronald Gamble



Jul 10, 1899

Born in Perth, Ontario to James William and Margaret (nee Bowles) Gamble


Sep 9, 1916

Attested into the 240th Battalion in Renfrew, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042119

Ø      Next of kin given as James Gamble, father, Perth, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Press Man

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

He lied about his age, giving his birth year as 1898


Nov 29, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 1, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Apr 30, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 14, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where Corporal Gamble was posted to the 7th Reserve Battalion to continue his training




Sep 12, 1917

Reduced to the rank of Private in order to proceed to France and was posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 24 Reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers Au Bois


Oct 8, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd CDR Battalion


Oct 18, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ourton, France, west of Lens and assigned to “C” Company


Nov 3, 1917

On this date the 21st Battalion moved into the front line in Passchendaele and almost immediately the Germans mounted an attack.  Private Gamble was killed just over 2 weeks after joining the battalion.  His body was never recovered from the mud and he is honoured on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.


From the Perth Courier, December 21, 1917


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Margaret Gamble, Box 83, Perth, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James Gamble, at the same address 

The family erected a cross in his honour in the family plot in the Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, Ontario

The St. James Anglican Church in Perth has a brass cross behind the altar. It is in remembrance of Andrew Ronald Gamble, age 18, and George Alfred Leggett, age 20, "Chums who fell together at Passchendaele, November 3rd, 1917", presented by their parents.

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