Port Hope soldiers who won distinction on the Field of Honour
This page in the Book of Remembrance lists the soldier and his award. Additional information has been added under "Comments". Hyperlinked names direct to the photographs and/or biographies on the page commemorating those who gave their lives in the conflict.
The Good Conduct Badge was an upside-down chevron or stripe worn on the lower sleeve, awarded to a soldier with the rank of Private for serving his first two years without being charged or having a written reprimand against his name in the Regimental Orders. He showed up on time, followed orders, kept his uniform and weapon clean, kept his physical fitness up, and did all duties as assigned.
The Military Medal (MM) was awarded to personnel below commissioned rank (therefore acting and temporary Majors were eligible) or Warrant Officers "for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire". Silver, laurelled bars were given for subsequent awards.
The Military Cross was awarded to Commissioned Officers of the rank of Captain or below "for distinguished and commendable service in battle".
|Name||Field of Honour description||Comments|
|Frederick Byron Adamson||Military Medal||(17 Jun 1891:Port Hope - 25 Jan 1970:Port Hope) Son of Charles Robert & Minnie (Haskill). Husband of Eleanor Maud Walker. Served in France as a gunner. Wounded twice. Awarded the Military Medal "for bravery in the field".|
|David Brown Bell||Military Medal & Bar. Mentioned in despatches.||Also awarded the Good Conduct Badge.|
|James Clement||Military Medal||(17 Dec 1884:Ayrshire, Scotland - 16 Mar 1964:Oshawa) Husband of Margaret Smith. Gunner. Only war-related injury reported in his service file was a sprained arm from falling off a horse in Rouen in 1917!|
|Elmer Edmunds||Military Medal||(06 Nov 1895:Peterborough - ?) Husband of Hazel McIntyre. His service record shows a Good Conduct Badge awarded 02 Oct 1918, but with no mention of a Military Medal.|
|Gilbert Edwards||Military Cross.||A brief article appeared in the 14 Mar 1918 Evening Guide under the heading, Military Cross for Late Lieut. Edwards. "In the list of Canadians who have been awarded the Military Cross we notice the name of the late Lieutenant Gilbert Edwards. Lieut. Edwards led a bombing party against the enemy using flame throwers in a critical position."|
|Harold Victor Fox||Military Medal||(24 Apr 1897:Bailieboro - 22 Mar 1985:Peterborough) Son of Matthew & Annie June (Nixon). Husband of Gladys McBride. Awarded the Good Conduct Badge in France (1917) as well as the Military Medal.|
|Francis Darrell Gifford||Military Cross. Advanced from Lieutenant to Major. Mentioned three times in despatches.||(03 Nov 1889:Port Hope - 1960:Colborne) Son of Mrs. R.C. Smith of Augusta Street. Husband of Laura Gerald. Major. Awarded The Military Cross in 1917 "for gallantry during active operations against the enemy". Served in the UK and France.|
|John Stanley Walker Giles||Military Medal||(21 Oct 1880:Tottenham, England – 12 Jun 1965:Sunnybook Hospital, Toronto). Served in France. Awarded Military Medal in London 03 Apr 1919. Married widow Annie May Frederick (nee Weese) 26 Apr 1919:Port Hope.|
|Joseph Davis Golding||Military Medal||(20 Sep 1893:Manchester, England – 09 Mar 1956:Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto). Served in France. Military Medal "for bravery in the field" 08 Dec 1916. Married Norma Hamly 10 Nov 1920.|
|John Holden||Military Medal|
|Roy Chislett Honey||Recommended for Military Medal. Accepted for Commission on the field.||(27 Mar 1896:Hope Township - ?) Son of John Cornelius & Annie Bertha (Chislett). Awarded the Good Conduct Badge in 1918, but no evidence of Military Medal in his service record. Married Olive Morgan 08 Oct 1925:Toronto.|
|Frank German Huycke||Won Lieutenant's Commission in the Royal Navy.|| (26 Dec 1879:Peterborough – 18 Jul 1958:Toronto). Son of Irwin and Maria (Birdsall). Spent three years in the Army; one as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Wounded twice in naval engagements. After 11 Nov 1918, engaged in mine sweeping. Sailed for Canada 25 Feb, arriving 07 Mar 1919. Married Helen Finn 01 Oct 1925:Toronto. [Information from George Sweanor. No service file found.]|
|Archibald Henry Freer Martyn||Military Medal||(29 Dec 1896:Cardiff, South Wales, England - ?) Awarded the Military Medal for "bravery in the field" 13 Mar 1918.|
|Harold Gorum Ogden||Croix-de-Guerre||(06 Aug 1893:Port Hope – 11 Jun 1962:Detroit, USA) Son of Daniel Edgar & Mary Ruby Alfaretta (Powers). Husband of Alvena Edna Werth (divorced 1919). Father of Jack Harold Ogden. Married Isabel Carlton 1948:Detroit. Joined US Army.|
|George Harrah Ralston||Advanced from Major to Brigadier General. Distinguished Service Order (DSO) & Bar. Several times mentioned in despatches.||(22 May 1866:Rio de Janiero, Brazil – 23 Jun 1938) Husband of Louise Pasmore. Mentioned in despatches several times "for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field. Received the Croix-de-Guerre.|
|Lawrence Hilton Roach||Military Medal||(14 Jun 1891:Cobourg – 26 Jan 1961) Son of Patrick & Mary Anne (Delanty). Husband of Gladys Irene Johns. Awarded the Military Medal 03 Jul 1919.|
|Egerton Cairns Snider||Won Captaincy on field. Adjutant R.C.R. Recommended for Military Cross & Belgian Cross. Once mentioned in despatches.||(28 Feb 1896:Mt. Forest – 05 Dec 1968:North York) Lieutenant. Son of Eber Egerton & Jane Dryden (Cairns). Husband of Madge Virginia Gipson.|
|Stanley Joseph Staples||Recommended for Military Cross|
|Arthur Taylor||Military Medal & two Bars||(16 Dec 1895:Isle of Wight, England - 20 Oct 1965) Sergeant Major. Emigrated 1902. Enlisted 08 Jan 1916 in Port Hope in the 136th Battalion. Military Medal and two Bars; 2nd Bar presented by the Prince of Wales in Kingston 25 Oct 1919. Husband of Mary Emily Dann. [21 Oct 1965 Evening Guide death notice]|
|William Earl Trumper||Military Medal||(23 Jan 1894:Napanee – 21 Oct 1943:Port Hope) Son of George Franklin & Esther Augusta (Babcock). Served in France. Gunshot wound to shoulder and forehead 1916; gas poisoning 1918. Awarded the Military Medal at Passchendaele 08 Nov 1917: "This man was acting as a company runner and twice in the early morning carried messages back to Battalion Headquarters through a heavy barrage. In the afternoon the front line Coy was subjected to a very heavy barrage and Pte Trumper was sent forward to ascertain his situation. In spite of the terrific shelling he worked his way forward and returned with valuable information, having to pass through a very heavy barrage both going and returning." Awarded a Bar 1919.|
Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario