Blair M. Clerk, MC
Major Blair Molson Clerk was born in Montreal, Quebec on February 10, 1891, son of Annie M. Clerk of Toronto, Ontario, and attended St. Andrew's College from 1903 to 1904.
He was employed as the Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 6, 1915 at Camp Niagara, Ontario. At the time he claimed previous service with the Queen's Own Rifles.
He seems to have been attached to the Machine Gun Corps in the 11th Machine Gun Company when he was awarded the Military Cross in 1918. The National Archives Canadian Expeditionary Force Database seems to indicate that his highest rank reached was Captain.
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an action. The enemy put down an intense barrage on the machine gun positions, causing several casualties and putting two guns out of action. He had the two damaged guns repaired and brought into action, and directed the fire of twelve guns during the repeated counter-attacks. His courage throughout was an inspiring example to all ranks.”
Awarded as per the London Gazette 7 March 1918
and the Canada Gazette April 13, 1918, P3539