Keith Ogilvie Whyte, MM


Jul 22, 1885

Born at Nazara, Upper Assam, India


Jul 8, 1911

Embarked the SS Laurentic at Liverpool England



Jul 15, 1911

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Upon immigration he gave his religion as Church of England

Ø      He gave his occupation as Draftsman

Ø      He intended to travel to Toronto via CPR rail

Ø      He stated he had never been in Canada before


Feb 11, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Bowmanville Ontario 

Ø      Number 805406

Ø      Next of kin given as Annie Whyte (mother) of 5 Hastings St, Calcutta, Bengal India

Ø      Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, Fifeshire Scotland

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Coy 

Although not mentioned on his medical form, a later medical makes note that: 

“Right eye is artificial.  Loss of eye at 10 years of age”


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 1, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jan 5, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl


Jan 17, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Apr 27, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request in order to proceed to France


May 3, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 4, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 31, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line at the crest of Vimy Ridge, with the Transport lines well back from the ridge.  It is most likely that he reported to the rear party HQ and not the front line


Nov 7, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) for duty


Nov 20, 1917

Rejoined battalion from 4th CIB


Jan 12, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 27, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 29, 1918         From the 21st Battalion War Diary


For his actions during this raid, Pte Whyte was recommended for a Military Medal


Jun 24, 1918

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in England pending Officer’s Training


Jun 26, 1918

Attached to the 1st Reserve Battalion at Seaford pending Officer Training


Aug 29, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30873



Aug 31, 1918

On Command to OTC (Officer Training Course) at Bexhill and appointed to rank of Acting Sgt while training


Nov 23, 1918

To be Temp Lieut and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 7, 1918

Married to Marjory Muil 

Her address was given as Ravensdown, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool


 He returned to Canada without his wife


Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued (number not recorded in file)

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Bowmanville Ontario


Jul 4, 1919

Transferred to the Reserve list of Officers, Military District No 3, Kingston Ontario


Jul 10, 1919 From the Bowmanville Statesman newspaper


Jun 17, 1920 His wife, Marjorie embarked the TSS Cassandra at Glasgow Scotland


Jun 27, 1920 Disembarked at Montreal Quebec, giving her final destination as being Montreal


Jul 23, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 1074 Greene Ave, Apt 33o, Westmount Quebec


Jun 5, 1926

Letter from Maj-Gen JH Elmsley to the Secretary, Dept of National Defence (Militia Service) stating that Lt Whyte has not reported as required, and has not responded to letters written to his home address supplied. 

The letter recommends that he be removed from the next Militia List


Feb 1, 1927

Removed from List of Reserve Officers having failed to report as required


Sep 15, 1928 His wife embarked the SS Montcalm at Greenock Scotland

Although I could not determine when she left Canada, the ship's manifest records that she had previously been in Canada from 1920 to 1927


Sep 21, 1928 She disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec, giving her final destination as Montreal Quebec.  Her husband's address is noted as c/o Dominon Bridge Co., Lachine Quebec.  He is not listed as a passenger on the manifest.


Apr 19, 1975

Keith Ogilvie Whyte died in Scotland and was buried in the Dollar Churchyard Cemetery, Clackmannanshire, Scotland



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