W. B. McTaggart, DSO, MiD
Major William Broder McTaggart was the son of George D. and Nettie A. McTaggart of Clinton, Ontario and he attended St. Andrew's College from 1908 to 1910, before going to Royal Military College. He was the older brother of Lieutenant G. D. McTaggart, MC (SAC 1912-1914) who served with the 219th Field Company of the Royal Engineers.
At the outbreak of war he was an officer in the Non-permanent Active Militia and was mobilized along with the 6th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery (CFA) on August 8th, 1914 and sailed for England that October.
He arrived in France with the 3rd Brigade on 9 February and spent much of his time at the front being lightly wounded on two separate occasions that fall. In December he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the General Officer Commanding of Reserve Artillery, a position he held until May. While serving as Aide-de-Camp he was promoted to Captain and then again to Major only 3 months later. In November 1917 he was wounded for the third time, this wound being a gunshot wound to the right leg. After being granted leave to Canada, he returned to the Front in April, still serving with the 3rd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
He was killed in action on September 2nd 1918 at the age of 25 years, “Whilst at the Observation Post at Dury, directing the fire of his battery, he was hit and instantly killed by enemy machine gun fire.” See below for an excerpt from 3rd Brigade War Diary recording McTaggarts death.
He was buried in the Faubourg-D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France (Grave Reference: VII. F. 1.)