A First War Memorial Cross to Pte.Hourie; Killed at Amiens 1918
GRV (151739 - Pte R - HOURIE -). Naming is engraved. Contact marks, very fine. Accompanied by a copy of his Attestation Paper and the 43rd Canadian Battalion, Cameron Highlanders of Canada War Diary Register (dated August 5-11, 1918). Footnote: Roderick Hourie was born on March 18, 1893 in St. Clements, Manitoba, the son of George Hourie and Mary E. Hourie, later of Kenora, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper (the recruiting officer spelling it "Rodrich") as a Private with the 79th Infantry Battalion "Manitoba Battalion" on July 28, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Mary Clements of Kenora, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Teamster. The Battalion was raised in Manitoba and mobilized at Brandon, Manitoba under the authority of G.O. 103A, August 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed April 24, 1916 with a strength of 37 officers and 1,095 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G. Clinglan. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 17th Reserve Battalion, with Hourie later being transferred to the 43rd Infantry Battalion "Cameron Highlanders of Canada". On August 8, 1918, the 43rd Infantry Battalion's objective was Vignette Wood, as part of the Battle of Amiens. They began assembling at 3:00 am, with a barrage opening up at 4:20 am, with 'B' Company on the right edge of Dodo Wood entering on the westerly edge. Tanks followed, clearing the Wood from north to south at 7:00 am, taking 130 prisoners. The German response took its toll on the Canadian forces. By 8:30 am, it was determined that 413 had been taken prisoner, 19 had been killed, 123 had been wounded and 48 were declared missing. One of those Killed in Action was Private Hourie, at the age of 25. He is buried in Hourges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-sur-la-Luce, Somme, France, Grave Reference: A. 24. Domart-sur-la-Luce is a village and commune in the Department of the Somme in the valley of the Luce on the road from Amiens to Roye. Hourie is commemorated on page 432 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.