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Sergeant George Hilton Soles is the only Canadian to have ever been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal three times.
Extra Source: http://www.seaforthhighlanders.ca/people/703
Major Leon Charles Eckenfelder owned a ranch in Alberta. The article linked on his profile claims that he was too old to serve in the Canadian Forces (he was 42 in 1914), but as a reservist in the French Army he was called to France where he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour and won the Croix de Guerre twice.
Harry Adolph Cochran from Saskatchewan was decorated by the Germans while a POW. He was awarded the Cross of Military Merit 3rd Class from Bavaria for saving a young German girl from drowning.
Private Percy Peacock enlisted in 1915 at the age of 16. He enlisted again in the Second World War and was killed in action February 21 1945.
George William Holmes' name is spelled several different ways throughout his service file.
Geo Will Holmes
George Wm Holmes
George Wil Holmes
Holmes, George W
George L Holmes
Holmes G.W. (corrected from Holmes W.g.)
Albert Joseph Hoare has multiple attestation papers and lists a different occupation on each one.
He first enlisted in Edmonton in November 1914 at the age of 43 (born February 25, 1871) and indicated that he was a Decorator. He also indicated no previous military service.
Hospital records indicate that in 1915 Hoare was diagnosed with both a femoral hernia (the result of being thrown from a horse in England) and hemorrhoids.
He enlisted in Calgary in April 1916. This time he makes himself 2 years younger by listing his birth date as February 25 1873. He also changes his occupation to Paper hanger, and lists previous military service, specifically 2 years with the 48th Northhamptonshire Regiment and 1 year 4 months with the 31st Overseas Battalion of the CEF.
He was discharged in February 1917
He enlisted again in January of 1918 again in Calgary. This time he notes that he was cook, and indicates previous service with the 31st Overseas Battalion of the CEF. He notes that he had been discharged from the military due to the Age Limit, and makes himself a year older this time around by listing his birth date as February 25, 1872.
Montagu Allan enlisted at the age of 55. According to his CGWP he survived the war but lost a son and two daughters during the war. (His two daughters in the sinking of the Lusitania).
Bugler Reuben Rosenfield enlisted at age 10 on March 2 1916 (and listed his birth date as April 24th 1905). 4'6. He was discharged for being underage on March 11 1916.
According to his CGWP profile Private John William Boucher was the oldest soldier in the CEF. He enlisted at the age if 78 in 1915, although his attestation papers list his DOB as 1867 not 1836. Notes suggest that he was also a veteran of the American Civil War. Although his attestation papers give his apparent age as 48 when he was declared fit for Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force following a medical examination in January of 1917, a proceedings of medical board document from December 1917 list Boucher's age as 73. He was recommended for discharge in February 1918 with his “Present disease or disability” listed as overage and myalgia. The document notes that Boucher identified himself as being 73 years old and having having aching pains in knees, difficult walking as well as pains in both knee joints, his back and his right hand.
Pioneer Joseph Watson Taylor's (154039) has a CGWP profile that has been added to by a family member. Of note is an anecdote (Newspaper clipping: http://angloboerwarmuseum.com/Boer70e_hero5_taylorjw.html) that Taylor was wounded in the Battle of Colenso during the Boer War and pronounced dead, but later rejoined his regiment (not dead). Article claims he enlisted as a private in Great War rather than wait for a commission. He was invalided home during WWI.
Captain Antoine Philippe (listed in LAC as PHILLIPPE, ANTOINE GASTON BRAGANZA) was the Prince of Orleans and Braganza. A former aide de camp to Brig-General Seely, Commander of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, Captain Philippe was killed November 29 1918 in a plane crash (source needed) and buried in the Dreux Royal Chapel in France.
What was a French prince, the son of Prince Gaston of Bourbon-Orleans of Chateau D'Eu, Normandy, France, doing in the Canadian Military during World War I? He was prevented from joining the French forces by an old law that did not permit members of the deposed French Royal Family to serve in the military.
Private Thomas Forbes McLellan (428231) enlisted in the Canadian Military four times between March 1915 and October 1918. Unfortunately, aside from one reference to an earlier discharge due to a shrapnel wound to the head, the records do not indicate why McLellan had to enlist so frequently.
His first set of attestation papers are from March 22 1915. His medical examination took place in New Westminster, B.C. He indicates that he's currently active in the 72nd LH or SH. Both his current and his next of kin's (his wife Sarah's) address are in Glasgow, Scotland. I understand it can be incredible difficult to track down British records from WWI as over half of the documents were destroyed during bombing raids during the Second World War, but I am curious if Private McLellan served or tried to serve in the British forces in WWI before switching to Canada, and why did he opt to join the Canadian Forces?
His next set of attestation papers from April 5 1917 only notes previous service with the Highland Light Infantry in Glasglow. His attestation papers indicate that he was never discharged as medically unfit or rejected from service in the forces. (I wonder how long McLellan's initial commitment was and if that explains the second set of attestation papers?)
Private McLellan's third set of attestation papers are dated June 15 1918. He was living at a hotel in Regina at the time, which is where he enlisted. They list him as being Fit (A2).
His final set of attestation papers from October 1918 notes that he had served for 38 months with the 7th Overseas Battalion before being medically discharged due to shrapnel wounds to the head. He was once again declared medically fit, although the records do note 3 scars on the left side of his scalp.
On a side note, Private McLellan's height changes with each enlistment. In March of 1915 he's 5'5 1/4, in April 1917 he's down to 5'4 1/2, but in June of 1918 he's up to 5'6, before dropping back down to 5'5 3/4 in October 1918.