Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Military Challenge - Herbert James 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 8 of the 11-day Military Challenge


While attending the Verdun Model School, a Cadet Corps was formed on 9 April 1910 and Herbert joined, quickly becoming a Lieutenant. 

Quarterly Militia List, Oct 1910 (Ancestry)

Herbert enlisted in the CEF at Montreal on 16 November 1914, with one year service and training in the Cadet Corps, and was discharged on 6 March 1915.  He signed new attestation papers in Montreal on 20 March 1915 and was assigned to the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders as a Lance-Corporal.

Throughout the war he was often promoted and demoted for minor offences. Herbert fought in the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915, the Somme in 1916, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele in 1917, and the Pursuit to Mons in 1918. He was wounded three times, twice in the arm and once in the neck, and requested to be sent back to duty. 

Vancouver Daily World, 31 July 1916

Herbert Mavor was a Lance Corporal with the 42nd Highlanders when he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. 

Lance Corporal Herbert James Mavor sailed from Liverpool on 21 December 1918 aboard the Carmania, and landed in Halifax on 30 December. 

Herbert was discharged at Montreal on 17 March 1919...

After the war Herbert James Mavor worked as a Master Plumber and Steamfitter for the Canadian National Railway.

Herbert Mavor is my grandfather. 

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