Private Baguley is not listed on either the Victoria Park Cenotaph or the Haltonville Cenotaph. His name appears in references to Milton, thus we have included him on this site for the benefit of others who are researching soldiers associated with the Town of Milton. He is remembered on the Virtual War Memorial and in the Book of Remembrance, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
Private Baguley is recorded in the Book of Remembrance, Parliament Buildings Ottawa. He is memorialized on the Vimy Memorial in France.
Private Baugley’s body was not recovered. His name, like many other at that time, is engraved on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Milton Soldiers on the Vimy Memorial (Google Earth).
Private Baguley attested to the 107th Infantry Battalion in Winnipeg (Camp Hughes) on January 6, 1916. He is linked to Milton through his sister, Frances Gallagher, his next-of-kin from Milton Ontario.
The service record of Private Baguley shows that he shipped to England with his unit (S.S. Olympic 25-9-1916). The 107th Infantry Battalion converted to the 107th Pioneer Battalion, however Baguley was transferred instead to the 16th Infantry Battalion. The transfer took place in England on November 28, 1916.
The next entry for Private Baguley was the notice that he had been killed in action on April 9, 1917, on the opening day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The 16th Battalion (3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division) was on the far right of the attack on Vimy Ridge, next to the British 3rd Army, 17th Corps. The 1st Division was led by General Arthur Currie, who would become General of the Canadian Corps after Vimy. The 1st Division attack involved a front of over a mile with six assaulting battalions. The units advanced quickly until they reached Zwolfer-Graben, the southern end of the Black Line objective. Well sited machine guns inflicted heavy losses on the Canadian units. Private Baguley would have been with Private Milne (V.C. award at that battle), as they took on the machine gun forces.
Private Baguley was one of 10,602 Canadian casualties at Vimy, of which 3,598 were fatal.
here are many excellent texts that detail the Battle of Vimy Ridge from the Canadian standpoint. For the avid reader, one of the best with respect to details on the individual units is “Victory at Vimy, Canada Comes of Age” by Ted Barris. For the “military enthusiast” we can suggest “Vimy Ridge, A Canadian Reassessment“, from the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.