Thomas Wilson Haggarty, MM


Mar 31, 1893

Born at Broxburn Linlithgow Scotland


Mar 16, 1912

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Glasgow Scotland



Mar 26, 1912

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Merritt British Columbia.  He listed his occupation as a Mining Coalman


Jul 13, 1915

Attested into the 63rd Battalion at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 

Ø      Number 466525

Ø      Next of kin given as Charles Haggarty (father) of Broxburn Linlithgow Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Miner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


July 14, 1915

Medical performed by the 63rd Battalion Medical Officer at Edmonton Alberta


Sep 11, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec as part of the 1st Reinforcing Draft of the 63rd Battalion



Sep 20, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the East Sanding Camp, near Hythe Kent. 

On arrival there he was taken on the strength (TOS) the 17th Reserve Battalion and assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Feb 3, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5. 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Le Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the N & O front line trench system.  Pte Haggarty would have joined the Rear Detail, some distance behind the front line.  He would have become part of the main Battalion on February 20, 1916 when they moved into billets at La Clytte.  Pte Haggarty was assigned to 16 Platoon in “D” Company as a machine gunner


Nov 2, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with an ICT (interconnective tissue infection) to the face


Nov 8, 1916

Transferred to the No 6 CFA


Nov 9, 1916

Discharged to duty


Mar 14, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/C Parker 59774 who had been invalided to England


May 9, 1917      Below is a first hand account of action of the day written by Cpl James Peacock



In addition, the 21st Battalion War Diary account for the same day



Jul 9, 1917

Admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital diagnosed with Eczema.  The same day was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital at Brighton on arrival in England 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital and reverted to the rank of Pte


Jul 18, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30188


Citation reads

North of Fresnoy, May 9th, 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to do duty in action.   While in charge of a Lewis Gun crew in a counter attack on the enemy, they were met with considerable resistance and the supply of bombs being exhausted, he succeeded in establishing a block and turning over his crew to an NCO of another unit, he personally went back under exceedingly heavy shell fire and brought up a further supply of grenades.   This act enabled them to overcome the resistance of the enemy and allow the crew to advance, thus overcoming a dangerous situation.

AFW 3121    15-5-17


Aug 17, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 31, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 12, 1917

Appointed  to rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 18, 1917

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Mrs Sarah Haggarty at Broxburn Linlithgow Scotland


Jan 6, 1919

Reprimanded for overstaying his leave from January 2, till January 5, 1919 and forfeited 3 days pay and allowances


May 29, 1919

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sergeant with pay


Jun 23, 1919

Posted to the No 3 RDG (Regimental Depot Guard) and attached to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) at Witley


Jul 3, 1919

Ceased to be attached to the CMGD and proceeded on leave


Jul 22, 1919

TOS “M” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Aug 16, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool



Aug 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Aug 29, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 214110

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Mordigg Alberta


Jan 4, 1927

The British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Mordigg Alberta


Oct 21, 1944

Died the at Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver British Columbia of Hypertensive Heart Disease

Fraserview Cemetery, Vancouver British Columbia

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