James C. Auld, MC(2 Bar)
James Cresswell Auld was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 12, 1895, son of Alex R. Auld. He attended St Andrew's College from 1904 to 1912.
He joined the 16th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in August 1914 and was serving in this unit when he was awarded the Military Cross as a Lieutenant.
He later served in the 4th Battery, 1st Brigade when he received his second bar to the Military Cross.
During World War I there were only 16 soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to received two bars to the Military Cross and James Auld was of course one of them.
“For conspicuous gallantry when his observation post was hit by a shell, which wounded him severely and his telephonist mortally, he endeavoured to rescue the latter from the debris. Being unable to do so, he went 300 yards under heavy fire, for assistance. He then returned and helped carry his telephonist to a place of safety.”
“For conspicuous gallantry in action. As observation officer he carried out his work under heavy fire with great courage and determination. Later, although twice buried, he stuck to his post and rendered most valuable information.”
“For marked gallantry on 28th September, 1918 near Sailly. He established an observation post on the right flank of the infantry. Seeing that the infantry on the right were being held up by machine gun fire, he changed his position there and laying a telephone line, directed fire on the houses and barns where the fire was coming. Later he went forward with two telephonists laying a line and called on the infantry he was with, to follow him.”