W. S. McClinton, MC, MD
"William Sinclair McClinton was born at Elmvale, Ontario on January 24th, 1895. He attended St. Andrew’s College where he was a member of the St. Andrew’s Cadet Corps (associated with the 9th Co. Gordon Highlanders). He was an active participant in sports and became boxing champion. He later took a commission with the 35th Simcoe Foresters attending Niagara Camp on several occasions. In 1912 he started medicine.
At the outbreak of WWI he immediately volunteered for overseas service and went to Valcartier Camp with the First Contingent. He was sent back, received a commission in the 37th Infantry Battalion and spent the winter of 1914-15 at Barrie, Ontario. He sailed with this battalion to England in 1916 where he transferred to the 18th Infantry Battalion.
He won the Military Cross whilst serving as a Lieutenant with this unit, September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in October of that same year and returned to Canada in January 1917. After his return to Canada he returned to practice medicine at Midland Ontario. McClinton drowned in Georgian Bay in 1930, the result of a boating accident."
From an unknown newspaper clipping being auctioned with his Medals
His medals including
his Military Cross were very generously donated to the College in
the fall of 2001, by SAC Old Boy Justin Lindquist (89-96) and are now displayed
in the Memorial Chapel.
"For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a bombing attack on an enemy trench with great courage and determination. He displayed great gallantry throughout and set a splendid example."