Monday, December 20, 2010

Private Neil MacFadyen - 799730

His name is mistakenly spelt McFadyen on the memorial.

According to his attestation papers dated January 28, 1916 at Toronto, Neil McFadyen, Mimico, Ontario was born on August 14, 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland.  He listed his mother Margaret McFadyen, High Street, Oban, Argyleshire, Scotland as his next of kin.  He was single and a gardener and florist.  He indicated that he had had 18 months previous military experience as a Lance Corporal with the 48th Highlanders.  He was 32 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/4 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a mole on the right side of his spine.  He was a Presbyterian.

He was a member of the 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on August 9, 1918.  According to the CEF burial register he took part in the attack and capture of the Town of Le Quesnel.  While storming a trench system at the eastern outskirts of the town he was shot through the head by an enemy sniper and killed instantly.  

He is buried in the Le Quesnel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme France. 

courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this, I am researching the McFadyens originally from Mull then Oban