Saturday, 11 November 2017

Military Challenge - Alexander Mavor

I have taken up Patricia Greber's 11-day challenge of posting about one of my military ancestors every day until November 11th. 

Day 11 of the 11-day Military Challenge


This is the only photo I have of him, about age 5

Alexander George Mavor was 22 years old when he enlisted in the CEF on 31 October 1914  at Montreal. He was assigned to the 23rd Infantry Battalion. 

On 2 February 1915 he sailed for England aboard the Missanabie.  After some training, he embarked for France on 26 April 1915 and was transferred to the 4th Battalion.

Alex was engaged in the Second Battle of Ypres, positioned at "The Bluff". While on duty in the trenches on April 10th 1916, he was wounded by a bullet that glanced off a periscope and entered his stomach. His wound was dressed and he was taken to NO.17 Casualty Clearing Station at Remi Siding where he died the following day.

Alexander George Mavor was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Poperinge Belgium, grave reference VI - B - 8A

Plot V, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Grave  VI - B - 8A

When his father died in 1924 his mother had Alexander's name added to the memorial at Mount Royal Cemetery.  She also commissioned a stained glass window for their church, Verdun United Church, in memory of Alexander the father, and Alexander George the son. 

Alexander George Mavor is my great uncle. 

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