Gordon Hamilton Marwick



Aug 30, 1896

Born at Victoria British Columbia 

He is known to have earned life saving medals from the Royal Life Saving Society in 1912, 1913 and 1915.


Oct 11, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers


Nov 1, 1915

Attested into the 88th Battalion at Victoria British Columbia 

Ø      Number 180103

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Marwick (mother) of 545 Niagara St, Victoria British Columbia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 month in the 88th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Nov 8, 1915

Pay records show that he was transferred to the 88th Battalion pay list on this date


Mar 29, 1916

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Corporal


May 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jun 8, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 29, 1916

Transferred to the 89th Battalion at Westenhanger and attached to the Brigade Signal Base Depot for Pay & Rations etc


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 97th Battalion at Otterpool


Oct 30, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Feb7, 1917

Reverted to rank of Pte at his own request in order to proceed to France. 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left the CIBD to join his unit


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just moved into the front line trench in the Thelus section, near Vimy Ridge.  Pte Marwick most likely joined the Transport and Headquarters Section some distance behind the front line, and moved up to the front line trench shortly afterwards. 

He was assigned for duty as a signaller


Aug 15, 1917

During the heavy fighting in the attack at Hill 70, he received shrapnel wounds to his left foot and was admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to No 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

From here he was transferred to the No 1 South African General Hospital at Abbeville


Aug 20, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital in England


Aug 21, 1917

Admitted to the Berrington War Hospital at Shrewsbury


Sep 8, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 25, 1917

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


Nov 7, 1918

Designated as 1st Class Signaller


Jan 3, 1919

On Command to the Discharge Depot at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 18, 1919

TOS District Depot 11 at Hastings Park, Vancouver British Columbia and posted to the Casualty Company


Jan 19, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania at Liverpool



Jan 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Vancouver British Columbia


Feb 1, 1919

Granted leave until February 17, 1919


Feb 22, 1919

Posted to the Sub Depot


Mar 1, 1919

Posted to the Discharge Section


Mar 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Vancouver British Columbia


Oct 10, 1921

Married to Jean Loree Fraser at Vancouver British Columbia


May 4, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 545 Niagara St, Victoria British Columbia 

He later moved to Seattle Washington, USA in 1924, becoming a Naturalized Citizen in 1938 or 39.  He is known to have been divorced in 1940.  He was employed in Seattle as a Telegraph Operator for many years with Western Union.


Feb 14, 1997

Died at Seattle Washington and his remains were cremated


Oct 18, 2012

Cremated remains buried at God’s Acre Cemetery at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt


The following notes were found with his belongings after his death

Through the combined efforts of Master Seaman Daniel Connelly at Canadian Forces Fleet School, Equimalt and those of the Last Post Fund, Cpl Marwick's cremated remains were repatriated to Canada and buried near his home with military honours.  I would like to personally thank MS Connelly for sharing the story with us and for sending along the notes above to be shared with us.


The Times Colonist newspaper at Victoria British Columbia printed the photo below on November 11, 2012 of Padre Don Hatfield holding Pte Marwick's medals, along with his story.

That photo is reproduced here with their permission


The following photos were taken during the burial service at CFB Esquimalt

The family members of the 21st Battalion Vetrans would like to thank Padre Hatfield for conducting the service.  A special thank you goes to   Warrant Officer Brad Williamson and the members of the 39th Signal Regiment for organizing and attending the interment service

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