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McGILLICUDDY, Arthur Daniel

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Toronto, Ontario
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Date of Death
Age at Death
29 years 10 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:     1st Canadian Infantry Division                                                                                                                                             1st Canadian Machine Gun Battalion                                                                                                                                   13th Company                                                                                                                                                                       Canadian Machine Gun Corps                                                                                                          RESIDENCE:             Toronto - Ontario                                                                                                                              BORN:                        Goderich - Goderich Township - County of Huron - Ontario                                                              CEMETERY:               Duisans British Cemetery - Etrum - Pas de Calais - France                                                                                                VII     B     34                                                                                                                          PARENTS:                  Mr. Daniel & Eliza McGillicuddy - Toronto - Ontario                                                                Personal:                    His height was 5'  6" and his weight was 129 pounds. He had a fresh complexion with grey eyes                                      and fair hair. He was raised as a Methodist and prior to his enlistment he was employed as a                                         salesman.

Private McGillicuddy went overseas with his unit on May 31, 1916 onboard the SS Olympic and arrived in England on June 8, 1916. In August he then transferred to the 3rd Battalion of Canadian Machine Gun Corps and then went overseas into France and joined his unit already in the field on October 9, 1916. In the middle of January 1917 he transferred to the 13th Canadian Machine Gun Company. In early January of 1918 the 13th Company was absorbed by the 1st Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps. He was then promoted to Corporal on May 1,1918.                      He was present during all the previous heavy fighting the Canadian Corps was involved in following the Vimy Ridge, up to and including the push on Cambrai. During this whole period he had never been wounded.                              On October 1st the Canadian Corps would be involved in the upcoming advance with the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division on the right and the 1st Brigade being left with the 2nd Brigade in support.                                                      On October 1st the 13th Company was attached with the 2nd Company which was with the 2nd Brigade . The 1st and 3rd Brigades went well during the morning but shortly before noon the enemy resistance increased greatly. At this point the 2nd Brigade was ordered into very close support behind Haynecourt and the enemy then counter-attacked both the 1st and 3rd Brigades during the afternoon which forced then from their objectives of the morning. The 2nd Brigade then relieved the 1st Brigade which was completed in the early hours of October 2nd.                     On October 1, 1918 Corporal McGillicuddy was grievously wounded after taking a penetrating chest wound. He was tended to immediately in the field and taken to No. 15 British Casualty Clearing Station - Rouitz. Then on        October 6th he was moved to No. 23 British Casualty Clearing Station - Agnez-les-Duisans  and classified as dangerously ill. At some point after arriving he succumbed to his wounds.