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Cpt McCuaig


ronmarsden

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Looking for information on the death of this man.

I wonder if this is a typo and his name should read McQuaig?

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He appears to be McCuaig. There are lots of ref in FmP for Canada. Example. But too much for me to copy. Your problem seems to that there were 3 brothers

 

With  the  arrival  of  August,  Lieut.  C.  D.  Craig,  who  had  been Acting  Adjutant  of  the  Battalion,  was  confirmed  as  Adjutant  and simultaneously  it was announced  that  Capt.  C. N. McCuaig  had been appointed  Orderly  Officer   of  the  2nd  Canadian  Infantry   Brigade. Capt.  McCuaig  was the  youngest  of  three  brothers,  all  original  officers  of the  13th.   He had served  as a subaltern  with  No. 3 Coy. at the  Second  Battle  of  Ypres,  where  Major  D.  R.  McCuaig  was wounded  and  made  prisoner  and  where  his  other  brother,  then
Captain,  now  Major,  G.  E.  McCuaig,  had  been  wounded.    From that   time  he  had   remained   with   the   Royal   Highlanders   until the   autumn   of   1915,  when   illness  had   compelled  his  return  to England.    Now  he  was  returning  to  France  to  serve  under  his old  chief,  Brig.-Gen.  F.  O.  W.  Loomis,  who  picked  him  for  his work  while  with  the  Battalion.

 

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Another possible:

Only McCuaig that is a Canadian Captain on CWGC that died is Robert Ernest. He died on board HMT Victoria at sea on way to CEF on 14/10/18. 1st Bn Tanks Corps (docs imply 2nd), Canadian MGC, Previously in a militia unit according to his attestation. Enquiry found that he died of spanish influenza. Assume buried at sea as is on Halifax memorial.

 

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=142268

 

One to eliminated or confirmed.

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George Eric McCuaig survived the war as a Brigadier-General and died in 1958

 

http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/Searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=70062

 

Battalion History here:

 

https://archive.org/stream/royalhighlanders00fethuoft/royalhighlanders00fethuoft_djvu.txt

 

Nominal Roll here:

 

http://data2.archives.ca/e/e444/e011089505.pdf

 

Brothers were Clarence Norman born 1892 died 1935 and Douglas Rykert born 1883 died 1946

 

None of these three are therefore your man.

 

Dave

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This could be him, but no initials, though gives  a date

 

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This appears to be the same action describing him as Major D R McCuaig

 

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The Battalion history - link in my previous post - states:

 

It was at this time that Lieut. C. B. Pitblado displayed the  greatest gallantry in carrying back Capt. Whitehead, who had been  mortally wounded in the head and was out of his senses. Being hit  in the knee himself, Pitblado was compelled to abandon Whitehead,  who was by this time quite unconscious. Subsequently Pitblado  met McCuaig and the two, having seen to the retirement of the rem  nant of their men, were going back together when McCuaig was  wounded in the knee. A few moments later McCuaig was hit  through both legs and rendered helpless. Refusing to abandon his  senior, Pitblado bandaged the latter s wounds under heavy fire. Just  as this task was completed, Pitblado was again wounded in the leg,   [50]     SECOND BATTLE OF YPRES   which finished his chances of getting away. Lying helplessly in the  open, McCuaig was hit four more times before he and Pitblado were  picked up by the Germans, whose advance reached them some ten  minutes later. For the courage and devotion to duty shown by  these two officers during the whole engagement they were, at a  subsequent date, awarded respectively the Distinguished Service  Order and the Military Cross.

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This is perhaps one of those classic reports at the time ( there were many such later in March1918) where a man was presumed to have died but ended up being taken prisoner.

 

His cards on the ICRC site are here

look under 'MAC C, Canadians(64)',  there is even a card under 'MAC C, (Royal) Highlanders(31)

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Charlie

 

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pitblado's card is here

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Actually there are several cards. Look in ICRC under Piper(179) and Pitchis(30)

 

Charlie

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Yes that is true. From his file

 

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And an Ancestry tree gives a later photo of Douglas Rykert McCuaid. For comparison - not sure !

 

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And there is an interesting forum entry about the action, where the wrong man was said to have died

 

 

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Whitehead's cards on ICRC are under Canadians and also Royal Highlanders .

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