George Arthur Gilroy


Jul 28, 1892

Born in Coe Hill Ontario to George Washington and Agnes Rebecca (nee McCauley) Gilroy


Dec 21, 1914

Married to Daisy Bernice Roy in Stirling, Ontario


Mar 8, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Stirling Ontario 

Ø      Number 636807

Ø      Next of kin given as Daisy Bernice Gilroy (wife) of Stirling Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

He had incorrectly given his birth year as 1893 on attestation

His brother John Gordon Gilroy had joined the same battalion a month earlier


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 154th Battalion in Bramshott


Jan 28, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley


Feb 23, 1917

Admitted to hospital at Aldershot with a diagnosis that reads Parotiditis (a bacterial infection of the glands) and placed in isolation


Mar 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty


Jul 23, 1917

Admitted to hospital at Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Sep 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty


Mar 8, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 13, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France and TOS 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1918

Left the CIBD for the reinforcement Camp


Apr 16, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 9 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches at Neuville Vitasse


Aug 8, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on Marcelcave, Private Gilroy was killed in action and buried in the Toronto Cemetery, Demuin, 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. HJ Birmingham, 16 Dalkeith Ave., Hamilton, Ontario.  (She had remarried) 

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. GW Gilroy, Coe Hill, Ontario


Private Gilroy is honoured on the War Memorial in Stirling, Ontario



Private Gilroy is also honoured on the War Memorial in Coe Hill, Ontario

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