DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario.
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 249301
RESIDENCE: Toronto – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: June 29, 1892
Enniskillen - Ireland
DATE OF DEATH: August 10, 1918 26 years 1 month
CEMETERY: Hourges Orchard Cemetery – Domart-sur-la-Luce –
Somme – France
WIFE: Millie A Shand Corrigan – Wroxeter - Ontario
PARENTS: James and Susan Eliott Corrigan – Inniskillin - Ireland
Occupation: Engineer Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Toronto – April 7, 1916
Enlistment Age: 23 years 10 months
Private Corrigan in mid February of 1917 he transferred to the 58th Battalion and departed from Canada on May 3, 1917 and arrived in Liverpool on May 14, 1917. While at Witley Camp - Surrey he was part of the 8th Reserve Battalion and then he moved to Shorncliffe - Kent and was Taken on Strength by the 58th Battalion while at East Sandling Camp on February 16, 1918. He joins his unit in the field on February 23, 1918.
During this day of the advance 15 men would lose their lives.
On the morning of August 8th the Battalion was located at Hanon Wood. “D” Company was to assault the enemy outposts and then push along the Demuin Road and protect the Company attacking Druin. “C” Company would push through “D” Company and attack and capture Demuin. “D” Company would then pass through the town and attack Courcelles and then establish a line along the high ground.
“A” Company was to be in reserve until Demuin fell and then push south-east along the high ground and assist bringing fire to bear on the ground east of the Hanon Road. “C” Company would assist following the fall of Demuin and “B” Company would be in reserve after they took their objective.
Prior to the advance there was a heavy ground mist and advancing was difficult but the rising sun helped eliminate the mist. There was some difficulty in marshy ground and from enemy fire coming from Hangaard and the cross roads of the Amiens-Roye Road.
All objectives were met and enemy machine gun nests were eliminated as were enemy strong points. During this advance the Battalion did not encounter any enemy field guns
By 10 am the Battalion was consolidating their new positions. This was the advance where Corporal Miner of Clinton was wounded and would later be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Private Corrigan received wounds in the field that he could not survive from. He received mortal wounds from shrapnel to his body and lungs.