Major W. B. McTaggart, DSO, MiD
SAC 1908-1910

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.)

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for William McTaggart. This page also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 465 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Order

"On the afternoon of May 3rd after the taking of FRESNOT, this officer’s battery was under heavy shellfire for three hours. Two of his guns were put out of action by direct hits and detachments killed and wounded. He increased his rate of fire with the remaining guns of his battery and carried on until our infantry had consolidated.

On the afternoon of May 13th his battery was again very heavily shelled with 8”. One shell hit his dugout and buried him and one of his subalterns for four hours. On being released, he immediately started to dig out two of his men who had also been buried.

His gallantry on many occasions has been most conspicuous and his ability as a battery commander is beyond praise."

Awarded as per the London Gazette dated o1 January 1918
and the Canada Gazette 26 January 1918, P2490
 

Mention in Despatches (Awarded Twice
  • Awarded as per the London Gazette 29890 04 January 1917
  • Awarded as per the London Gazette  30448 28 December 1917