William Gordon MacKinnon, MM



Feb 8, 1889

Born to Angus and Mary Elizabeth (nee Vatcher) MacKinnon at St John New Brunswick


Jun 15, 1911

Married to Marguerite Gladys Stevens at Brooklyn Hants, Nova Scotia


Aug 2, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      Number 469049

Ø      Next of kin given as Marguerite MacKinnon (wife) of 48 Cornwallis St, Halifax Nova Scotia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Commission Agent

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The Battalion’s training was carried out at Sussex New Brunswick


Aug 25, 1915

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant


Oct 1, 1915

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant Major


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Rank on Embarkation Roll shown as Company Sergeant Major.  It is also worthy to note that his number as recorded there is in error, showing it as 369049


Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Apr 21, 1916

64th Battalion Part II Orders amended to show his rank as Acting Company Sergeant Major


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 40th Reserve Battalion at the Ceasar’s Camp, Shorncliffe


Jul 13, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  Upon arrival he reverted to the rank of Private


Aug 5, 1916

Left CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field, at which time he was attached to them for duty and appointed to rank of Acting Company Sergeant Major (with pay)


Sep 17, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion, reverted to the rank of Private, and joined the 21st Battalion. 

On joining the 21st Battalion, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt Custance, 59230, who had been wounded


Mar 12, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29981


Citation reads

For marked courage and devotion to duty.  This NCO was in charge of a section which penetrated the enemy lines to a depth of 200 yds.  He placed a block in the enemy's support line and kept admirable control of his men at all times.  He showed great coolness and courage in the face of most difficult situations.

AFW 3121


Apr 5, 1917

Proceeded to England with view to obtaining a Commission and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Apr 7, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford pending admission to the OTC (Officer’s Training Course)


Apr 27, 1917

Posted to and TOS the EORD pending admission to the OTC


May 5, 1917

On Command to the OTC at Bexhill to obtain his Commission


Jul 1, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford with the rank of Lieutenant


Sep 12, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Captain while in Command of a Company


Mar 12, 1919

Appointed to rank of Temporary Captain


Jun 23, 1919

Posted to the EORD


Aug 7, 1919

Posted to “R” Wing at #1 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) pending return to Canada


Sep 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Orduna at Liverpool



Sep 14, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia  

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax.  His address on discharge was given as 67 Charles St, Halifax Nova Scotia


May 13, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at North Gower Ontario 

In 1934 he was reported to be living in Kingston Nova Scotia


Feb 24, 1951

Died at Bedford Nova Scotia after suffering a heart attack and buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Windsor Nova Scotia 

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