Ivan Elmer McGill

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 1, 1890

Born in Mount Haleb, Ontario to Samuel and Martha Ann (nee Moore) McGill


Feb 24, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59718 (temporary number 1372)

Ø      Next of kin given as Samuel McGill, father, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

Private McGill was taken TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion on this date and assigned to the Depot Company.  It appears there were a number of men (total of 13) who had attested earlier in Lindsay and not taken on the strength of the battalion until it actually sailed for England.


May 15, 1915

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


Jun 26, 1915

Transferred to “D” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 8, 1916

Private McGill was killed in action during fierce fighting at the St. Eloi Craters, which were created by the Germans exploding large amounts of explosives planted deep in tunnels under No Man’s Land.

Ridge Wood Cemetery
Vooremezeele Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. M.A. McGill, 44 King St., Lindsay, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Samuel McGill, at the same address


Private McGill is commemorated on the Lindsay, Ontario War Memorial

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