Mark Calvin McIntyre
Private McIntrye’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Driver McIntyre is buried in Crucifix Corner Cemetery at Grave I. B. 6.
Milton Soldiers on the Vimy / Menin Gate Memorial or name of local cemetery (Google Earth).
Driver Mark McIntyre was a “Northern Boy” born in Calvin, Ontario but at the time of attestation on May 3, 1916 he was a resident farmer living with his parents in Milton (Moffat – 15th Sideroad – bordering Guelph).
McIntyre signed up with the 55th Battery, which became part of the13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He arrived in England in September 1916. After some juggling between units as the CEF was reorganizing (14th & 16th Brigades), he was transferred to the 81st Battery 15th Brigade in March 1917 and moved overseas to France as a reinforcement. Shortly after arriving in France he suffered from pleurisy, spending almost a month in hospital. He was released to the Artillery Regimental Depot in England in May 1917 then transferred to the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, back in France, then back to the 5th Brigade CFA in the 2nd Canadian Division in September 1917. There he was awarded a “Good Conduct Badge” and apparently served his time in the artillery for 11 months.
While serving with the 5th Brigade, Driver McIntyre was killed in action on August 8, 1918, the opening day of battle recorded in history as “Canada’s Hundred Days”. The August War Diary shows action between Amiens-Roye road at that time. The 5th Brigade was a “mobile support” as detailed in the diary of August 8, 1918.
McIntyre fell to shelling from the German artillery as noted here when the 18th and 20th Batteries suffered “fairly heavy casualties”. Mark McIntyre was one of the 5 “Other Ranks” killed in action on that day. An “18 Pounder” artillery piece was also lost that day, so it is possible that McIntyre and the 4 others lost were on that gun when it was hit.
There are no additional digital images on the Virtual War Memorial at this time.
- LAC Unit Information
- Library and Archives Canada War Diary: 5th Brigade CFA August 1918
- 1918 Order of Battle “ORBAT”
- Nicholson Chapter XIII “Amiens August 1918” and Map 11