John Robert Moggach

Mar 17, 1881

Born in Keith, Banffshire, Scotland to William and Agnes (nee Burnett) Moggach


Feb 22, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Ingersoll, Ontario

Ø  Number 675626

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Maria Catharine Moggach, wife, Beachville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as  Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 8 years in the South African Constabulary

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

His brother William attested into the battalion the same week.  William served at the front with the 18th Battalion and survived the war, being discharged in Canada in 1919

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

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


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling to continue training


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 67 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Moggach joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux as part of a draft of reinforcements to replace the losses at Vimy Ridge


Aug 12, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Aug 15, 1917

While leading a carrying part at Hill 70, Acting Lance Corporal John Moggach was instantly killed by a sniper’s bullet.  When the fighting had ceased, his identifiable remains could not be located in the battlefield.  It is possible that he was either buried by a shell explosion, or he was one of those bodies recovered that could not be identified.  As such, his name is engraved on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed in France during the war with no known grave.



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Maria Moggach, Beachville, Ontario


L/Cpl John R Moggach is also honoured on the Ingersoll, Ontario War Memorial



Note the spelling error

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