Second Lieutenant W. M. M. Geggie
SAC 1907-1910

Second Lieutenant William Miller McCullough Geggie was born at Truro, Nova Scotia, August 18, 1893, the son of the Rev. and Mrs. A. Logan Geggie (nee Janet Miller), of Toronto, Ontario. He attended Queen Victoria Public School, Parkdale Collegiate and then St. Andrew's College from 1907 to 1910. This was followed by University College (University of Toronto) from 1911 to 1913 where he was a member of the COTC, Law School at Osgoode Hall, then joining the firm of Douglas and Gibson.

He was a "student at law" with no previous military experience when he enlisted in the 32nd Reserve Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on April 17, 1916. He was appointed to the Machine Gun Corps in January 1917.  After leaving the school at Grantham, he was given the command of a section of machine gunners whom he had trained from the beginning. He went to France with them in the 227th Company in July.

After a brief service at the front he was killed on October 4th, 1917 by a shell while he was giving supporting fire from his guns during an attack and was holding the foremost position of his company. He was 24 years of age and is buried in the Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium (Grave Reference: III. D. 5.)

  • Copy of Attestation Paper (National Archives) - Front - Back
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for William Geggie. This page includes a link to his commemoration on Page 577 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

With information from "University of Toronto, Roll of Service, 1914-1918"