William George McCullagh, MM



Oct 1, 1884

Born at Kingston Ontario

This was later recorded as Oct 1, 1886


Apr 10, 1898

Joined the 14th Regiment at Kingston Ontario and assigned to No 6 Company


Feb 22, 1902

Re-signed with the PWOR


Mar 21, 1902

Promoted to rank of Corporal


Apr 7, 1904

Promoted to rank of Sergeant 

There is no indication in the papers within the file, but I have concluded that he was discharged from the PWOR sometime in 1906


Mar 31, 1909

Signed Attestation Papers for the PWOR

This was approved by the Adj, Capt WSP Hughes


May 11, 1911

Promoted to rank of Colour Sergeant


May 30, 1912

Re- signed with the PWOR


May 15, 1914

Re- signed with the PWOR


Feb 1, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59704 (temporary number 1226)

Ø      Next of kin given as Samwell McCullagh (father) of The Armouries, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 14th PWOR – 14 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Feb 3, 1915

Appointed to position of Transport Sergeant


Mar 31, 1915

Pay records indicate that he was in England with the Transport Section on the March 31st payday.  There is no record of the date he embarked but the Kingston newspapers reported their departure for England on April 1, 1915 


Apr 14, 1915

In a letter home, JT Hawkey MM, remarks that the Transport Section arrived in England on this date


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sergeant


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Mar 20, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Dec 7, 1916

Attached to the CPC (Canadian Postal Corps) for duty


Jan 12, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the CPC and is attached to the 2nd Division Supply Column for duty


May 11, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a superficial Shrapnel wound to face. 

Discharged to duty same day


Aug 22, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to England


Sep 1, 1917

Granted extension of leave until September 3, 1917


Sep 5, 1917

Rejoined Battalion in the field from leave


Jan 12, 1918

Presented with his Military Medal by Lieut Gen Sir Arthur Currie on a parade at Westrehem


Jan 28, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30498



Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  This NCO when in charge of his transport proceeding to the forward area on the night of Sept 18th, and, on passing through the Village of Vimy, came under heavy shell fire.  The transport became scattered and, although wounded, this NCO with great coolness and disregard for personal safety, assembled the transport, proceeded to the front line, and saw that rations were delivered after which he reported to the dressing station.  His devotion to duty and contempt of shell fire has on all occasions been a splendid example to the men

AFW 3121    27-9-17


Feb 1, 1918

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) on proceeding to England with view to obtaining a Commission


Feb 2, 1918

On Command to OTC (Officer Training Course) at Bexhill


May 15, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to OTC Bexhill 

For reasons not recorded, he did not receive his commission


May 20, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 11, 1918

Placed On Command to the 21st Battalion as part of the Colour Party which retrieved the Battalion Colours from the Canadian High Commissioner


Dec 18, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion on arrival from England with the Colours


Jan 13, 1919

Ceases to be On Command and is posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Troopship Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked at Folkestone England and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 21, 1919

Appointed to Acting CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) without pay


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool


TOS #3 District Depot at Kingston Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 26, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s University Hospital at Kingston with an Inter Connective Tissue infection in his hand.  Quote from medical report; “Back of hand showed several small abscesses which were difficult to heal.” 

The infection was determined to have been contracted on board the SS Caronia during the passage to Canada


Jun 25, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Jun 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 213272

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – c/o The Armouries, Montreal St., Kingston Ontario


Oct 23, 1919

Although not in the file, he must have joined the PWOR on discharge as he was appointed position of CSM (Company Sergeant Major) with the PWOR on this date


Jan 14, 1920

Letter to William’s father, Sam McCullagh, from L/Col WB Skinner, former Commanding Officer of the PWOR, states that WG McCullagh was under his Command in the 14th Regiment in No 6 Company, and that he had enlisted in 1898 

There is also a second letter from WB Skinner of the same date, with the same information addressed to the Officer Commanding the 14th Regiment PWOR


Jan 23, 1920

Letter from 14th Regiment Adj to Headquarters of Military District No 3 making application for the Long Service Medal for #1820, Colour Sergeant WG McCullagh, stating that he had service totaling 21 years, 1 month and 15 days.


Jun 17, 1922

Letter from Col FW Hill, Military District #3 Headquarters to the Commanding Officer of the PWOR requesting statements of qualification for the promotion to WO Class 1 for WG McCullagh


May 4, 1928

Re-Attested into the Non-Permanent Active Militia – PWOR at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 3760

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs S McCullagh (mother) c/o The Armouries, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Civilian occupation given as Postal Clerk

Ø      Previous military service given as 21st Battalion 4½ yrs and PWOR for 26 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Apr 18, 1932

Letter of recommendation for a Commission to the MD #3 Headquarters from the Commanding Officer of the PWOR


Jun 27, 1932

Deceased at Kingston Ontario


No Date

There are 2 Medals cards in the file, but there is no date for either card.  The first indicates that the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him and the Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Elizabeth McCullagh.  In both cases, the medals were sent to the Armouries at Kingston Ontario


Bill McCullagh went on to become the Regimental Sgt Major and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieut on April 15, 1932 in the PWOR, but died 2 months later.  Below are some of the documents held by the PWOR Arcives. In addition to his WW1 medal entitlement, he was credited with the King George V Coronation Medal and the Long Service Medal.

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