Did you know?
In 1996, the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) started working on the transcription of the Attestation Papers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) of the First World War. There were 600,000 Canadians who signed up for service in the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918. These papers include several members from the so-called ‘subordinate staff at the Royal Military College of Canada (i.e. all who were not officers or professors) who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/index-e.html
• Richard Ernest Palamountain (Don Cherry’s grandfather), a groom at the Royal Military College, enlisted in Kingston on Mar 16, 1916 and served with the overseas battalion CEF. Richard (33) had lived with his wife Margaret Ann (Mckenzie) Palamountain (30) and their children Ernest (8) and Mandie (11) at the College. Richard had served previously for three years with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He was born 10 Nov 1881 in Gloucester, England. His Regiment Number was 835670. Richard married Margaret Ann Mckenzie, the daughter of Jock Mckenzie -long-time “Head Chief Servant” at RMC on 27 Feb 1904 in Frontenac.
• Thomas William McKenzie (Don Cherry’s great uncle), enlisted in Kingston on April 24, 1918 and served with the overseas battalion CEF. A 26 year old marine fireman (plumber) by trade, Thomas might have been employed at RMC at the time of his enrolment in the CEF; however his address is listed on his Attestation Papers as 222 Ontario Street in Kingston. In the 1911 census Thomas is a resident at RMC and the notes suggest that he was employed at RMC at that time as well. Thomas was the brother-in-law of Richard Palamountain and the son of Jock Mckenzie -long-time “Head Chief Servant” at RMC. He was born 21 Nov 1881 in Gloucester, England.
• William James Baker, an assistant butler at the Royal Military College, enlisted in Kingston on Feb 15th, 1916 and served with the 146th overseas battalion CEF. His Regiment Number was 835613. He had lived with his wife Ellen Baker at the College. He had served previously with the Hampshire Regiment for 12 years and 2 months. He was born 1 Jan 1874 in Emsworth, England. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=21728&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=kd9mmp2lh01qhrv7iu02vm4842
• Arthur Albert Blake, a groom at the Royal Military College Kingston Ontario, enlisted in Kingston on March 31, 1916. He had lived with his wife Mary Ann Blake at the College. He served with the 146th Overseas Battalion, CEF. He was born 2 Sep 1877 in Kilburn England. His Regiment Number was 835831. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=47741&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=t98p6v6fd5da0e7j1kqts3i4u6
• George Lewis Hewitt, a groom at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario enlisted in Kingston on March 6th, 1916. He had lived with his wife Elizabeth Hewitt at the College. He served with the 146th Overseas Battalion, CEF. His Regiment Number was 35671. He had served previously with the 10th Royal Hussars, 10 years with Colours and 5 years with the Reserves. He was born 4 Dec 1878 in Alstree, England.
Who am I?
- I was born on April 14th, 1896 in Calgary Alberta, the son of George S. ___.
- I studied at the Trinity College School in 1913-14.
- I was a student at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
- I enlisted on Feb 17, 1916 for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.
- I served as General Staff Officer 1 at both National Defence Headquarters 1939 – 1940 and at Canadian Military Headquarters, England 1940 – 1941. I was Commanding Officer 1st Canadian Anti-Aircraft Brigade, England 1941 – 1942. I then served as Commander Corps Royal Artillery I Canadian Corps, England 1942 – 1943. In 1943.
- I was Commanding Officer 6th Canadian Brigade, England. Promoted Brigadier General, I was Staff I Canadian Corps, Mediterranean – Italy 1943 – 1944.
- I was appointed Commander of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy (30 Dec 1944).
- I became Commanding Officer 16th Canadian Brigade 1944 – 1945.
- I was mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe (4. April 1946).
- I retired to Victoria’ B.C.
a) 1094 George Arnold McCarter
b) 1801 Stephen Morres
c) 1029 George Morrison
d) 1119 John Price
Did You Know? Flashback – Who Am I? Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards
a) 1094 George Arnold McCarter C.B.E. (RMC 1915)