Olaf P. Hertzberg, MC
Lieutenant Olaf Phil Hertzberg was born in Toronto in May 28, 1891, the son of Anton Lund Hertzberg and Helen Eliza Hertzberg, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and brother of Major General Charles S. L. Hertzberg, CB, MC and Major General Halfdan F. H. Hertzberg, CB, CMG, DSO, MC, both of the Canadian Engineers. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1906-1909.
He was unmarried when he enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec on September 22, 1914, having previously served with the Queen's Own Rifles. At the time he was employed as a Civil Engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He served as a Private with the 3rd Canadian Battalion, then as an officer with the 5th Battalion.
He was married to Janet Cottingham when he transferred on June 1, 1916 (see Officer's Declaration) to the 1st Overseas Construction Battalion in which he was most likely serving when he the action resulting in his Military Cross took place.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Roisel railhead on September 23rd, 1918. The railway yard where he and his platoon were working was shelled for three and one half hours, one shell bursting between a track laying lorry and a car of rails, killing seven and wounding nineteen - practically the whole of the gang at that spot. He personally attended to the care and evacuation of the wounded and then at once got to work to repair the broken lines. His coolness steadied the men under his control."