Mc Caskill Michael Patrick

I have not been able to trace Michael Patrick Mc Caskill on any census forms for Canada or UK. I have made considerable effort to trace Michael Patrick Mc Caskill and his next of kin Henry Charlebois to no avail.

Library of Canada, Attestation Paper for Sapper 65767 Michael Mc Caskill

Michael Patrick Mc Caskill enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionery Force in Montreal on 6th November 1914 in Bristol,U.K. he gave his date of birth as 18th March 1892 and trade as Stableman. Next of kin was named Henry Charlebois of 597 Notre Dame, West (friend) and he had a single status.

Michael’s Service Record shows that he completed his basic training in Canada and embarked for England on 11th May 1915 aboard the SS Cameronia and arrived on 20th May 1915 when he was posted to complete his training. On 15th September 1915 Michael embarked from Folkstone for Boulogne, France where he served in the field until 16th September 1916, receiving a gun shot wound to his left shoulder. He was transferred to Folkstone and then to the London General Hospital for treatment until 17th October 1916, followed by a week of recuperation at the General Hospital in Bromley. After discharge from hospital, Micheal was transferred to Shoreham Army Camp for 6 weeks physical training and transferred to Purfleet on completion. He was posted back to France on 29th March 1917 and suffered from a variety of skin ailments for which he received medical treatment in various hospitals in the field between 13th April 1917 and 12th June 1917.

The following information is from The Long Long Trail Website and shows the battles in which  the 24th Battalion were involved.

The history of the 2nd Canadian Division

On 6 October 1914, the first Division having been successfully raised, the Governor-General of Canada offered a second to the British Government. The 2nd Division sailed in May 1915 and arrived in England shortly afterward. It completed training at Shorncliffe and crossed to France 15-18 September 1915. Thereafter the Division fought in many of the major actions of the war, including:

The Actions of St Eloi Craters
The Battle of Mount Sorrel
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette*
The Battle of Thiepval*
The Battle of Le Transloy*
The Battle of the Ancre Heights*
The battles marked * are phases of the Battles of the Somme 1916

The Battle of Vimy**
The Attack on La Coulotte**
The Battle of Arleux**
The Third Battle of the Scarpe and the capture of Fresnoy**
Operations towards Lens**
The Battle of Hill 70**
The battles marked ** are phases of the Arras Offensive
The Second Battle of Passchendaele (a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres)

The Canadian Divisions were not affected by the restructuring of the army to having three brigades per Division, that took place in the British Divisions in February 1918.
The First Battle of Arras 1918 (a phase of the First Battles of the Somme 1918)
The Battle of Amiens and actions around Damery
The Battle of the Scarpe+ (a phase of the Second Battles of Arras 1918)
The Battle of Cambrai (a phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line)
The pursuit to the Selle
The Battle of the Sambre, notably the passage of the Grand Honelle

The Division was selected to advance into Germany but demobilisation commenced in late 1918. The last elements returned home in May 1919.

Michael was given permission to marry on 9th March 1918.

I found evidence on that Michael Patrick Mc Caskill married Mabel B Chappell in Williesden, Middlesex in the first quarter of 1918.

On 1st January 1919,  Michael was sent to Kinmel Park Camp in Rhyl to await repatriation to Canada.

Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.

Tragically, Michael contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died at 7.22pm  on 23rd February 1919, age 27 years.

Michael was awarded The 1914-1915 Star Medal, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal.

He is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

Michael was awarded The 1914-1915 Star Medal, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal.

Michael is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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