Pipe Major John "Jock" MacDougall

 Photo of uniform courtesy of owner

Mar 28, 1886

Born in Argyllshire, Scotland


Jan 28, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59618 (temporary number 1225)

Ø  Next of kin given as John MacDougall, father, Balvicar, Argyllshire, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Shipper

Ø  Previous military experience given as 4 years in the Argyll & Bute Artillery, Scotland

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s Base Unit

o   Later noted as being in “A” Company

o   Employed as a Piper in the battalion’s Pipe Band


The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 12, 1915

Granted 8 days leave


Jun 19, 1915

Granted 1 day extension to leave


Jun 21, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from leave

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 4, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Mule Fatigue for duty in Albert, France


Oct 15, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the Mule Fatigue


Jan 28, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 13, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 28, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 11, 1918

John MacDougall succeeded Ian Ross McKenzie as Pipe Major of the Pipe Band when IR McKenzie proceeded to England to become a commissioned officer


Sep 16, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt Mantell 59634 who had proceeded to England sick


Nov 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 16, 1918

Granted 3 day extension to his leave


Dec 2, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the Canadian Corps across the Bonn Bridge as the occupying force entering Germany.  Pipe Major Jock MacDougall and the battalion’s Pipe Band led the battalion



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England Sgt. MacDougall was attached to the “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 227493

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 89 Charlotte St., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 833 Ellice Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba



Oct 24, 1956

John “Jock” MacDougall died at his home, 1656 Pacific Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Cemetery there

With thanks to Jim Busby for providing the above obituary

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