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  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry
  • An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry

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An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry


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An Omega Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of 2nd CAN Infantry

WWI Trench Watch of Major McLaughlin; Commander of the 2nd Can. Inf. - This casing on this pocket watch is sterling silver, weighing 28.7 grams, functioning, the face of the watch maker marked "OMEGA", with black hour and minute hands, the minute hand having broken off and resting under the lip of the watch near the "10" position, large white numbers with black drop shadows, each minute position marked with black rules, engraved with the inscription "Presented To Maj, L.T. McLaughlin by the Darlington Council Feb. 1915" on the reverse, with winding stem on the right side and loops top and bottom for the wristband. Reverse cover is hinged on the left side and when opened, reveals the inscription "REGAL / STERLING SILVER / 181184" with multiple handwritten inscribed numbers on the underside of the cover, inscribed "REGINA WATCH Co SWISS / SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS ADJUSTED / TWO POSITIONS", "FS" and "4235268" around the inner timer workings of the watch. Measuring 32.7 mm in diameter, 35.5 mm x x 37 mm x 10.5 mm in depth including the stem and wristband loops, dark patina on the sterling silver exterior, crazing in the white face, light contact on the glass, better than very fine.   Footnote: Lorne Tolbert McLaughlin was born on February 14, 1879 in Tyrone, Darlington Township, Ontario. At the age of 26, he was initiated into the (Long Sault) Tyrone Loyal Orange Lodge No. 764 in 1905. McLaughlin was given the wrist watch presented here by the Darlington Township (Ontario) Council in February 1915, while holding the rank of Major, before joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant-Colonel with the 39th Infantry Battalion, on March 24, 1915, in Port Hope, Ontario, at the of 36, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. John McLaughlin of Tyrone, stating that he had thirteen years as an officer (six as a Lieutenant, five as a Captain, and was a Major since September 1, 1914), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was raised in Southeastern Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Belleville, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The Battalion sailed June 24, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A.V. Preston with 40 officers and 1,003 other ranks. In England, it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion. McLaughlin was later transferred to the 2nd Infantry Battalion "Eastern Ontario Regiment", where he became its Commanding Officer, holding the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, where he would lead his men during many battles. One such action was documented in the War Diary of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, where it presents a detailed account of the events during the conflict near Wieljte, as part of the Second Battle of Passchendaele (October 26 to November 10, 1917), with the following excerpts describing McLaughlin's participation on November 6, 1917: "1:13 a.m. Lt. Col. McLaughlin's watch synchronized at 3rd Battalion Headquarters; 5:32 a.m. Message received from Lt. Col. McLaughlin that he requires retaliation immediately on his front as shelling is heavy, but as runner left 2nd Battalion Headquarters about 4:50 a.m. (when the shelling was intense) and the situation is no normal, no action was taken beyond verbally reporting it to Battalion Major; 7:49 a.m. Phoned through to Captain Patterson and instructed him to send two runners up to the (Lt.) Col. McLaughlin, to endeavour to get in touch with the situation; 7:58 a.m. Brigade informed re runners going forward to (Lt.) Col. McLaughlin". It is possible that the watch being synchronized at "1:13" is this pocket watch. He was wounded in 1918 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) with two bars, as published in the Supplement to the London Gazette, page 258 on January 4, 1917, the second award coming on October 10, 1918, the third award published in the Supplement to the London Gazette, page 6793, on June 3, 1919. He was Mentioned in Despatches (MID) four times, one of which was appeared in the Supplement to the London Gazette 30448 of Tuesday, December 25, 1917, as published on Friday, December 28, 1917, page 13571 while with the 2nd Infantry Battalion "Eastern Ontario Regiment". He was also a recipient of the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). When he returned to Canada for demobilization, McLaughlin and the 2nd Infantry Battalion were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd, as described in the following account of the time: "The 2nd Battalion, in command of Lieutenant-Colonel McLaughlin, D.S.O., well known in Peterborough, reached Kingston at 4 o'clock on the afternoon of 23 April 1919, disentraining at the Tete du Pont barracks, where they were welcomed by thousands of people. Headed by their own band and with a mounted escort furnished by the R.C.H.A. (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery), and a large number of war veterans in uniform, the "Iron Second" marched to the market square, where they were formerly welcomed by Brigadier General Victor Williams, G.O.C. (General Officer Commanding), No.3 Military District, and Mayor Newman of Kingston. Afterward there was a triumphal parade through flag-brightened streets, and then the battalion marched to the barracks at Barriefield where they were billeted." McLaughlin died on August 27, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 82.  (C:4)
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