A Canadian couple are appealing for Scottish relatives of a Canadian war veteran, whose family may hail from Uddingston, to contact them, so that they can pass on a military medal.
The Memorial Cross was originally awarded to World War One Canadian Army Veteran Private Charles Allan Hogarth and is now in the safe keeping of Gary and Carol Graves who live in British Columbia.
But they are keen to pass on the medal to any relative of Private Hogarth, whom they believe may have an Uddingston connection.
The medal and letter of notification were found among the possessions of Carol’s late grandfather Edwin Freeman who served with the Seventh Battalion, Canadian Infantry of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
According to Charles Allan Hogarth’s Attestation Paper, he was born in Melrose on October 20, 1888.
He was listed as a blacksmith and single when he signed up to fight and was assigned to the 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry on November 12, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario.
However the letter of Death Notice is addressed to Mrs C A Hogarth at ‘Lindam’s Avenue, Uddingston’, Scotland, stating that in Belgium, on June 5, 1916, Hogarth was billeted in a village a short distance from the front when the enemy commenced shelling the village, resulting in his death.
A letter from by Lt. Colonel John McLaren, said: “Your husband was a good soldier and had been with my Battalion since its formation. He had earned the respect and esteem of his officers and comrades and will be greatly missed by all”.
Gary Graves said: “We can’t imagine Edwin and Charles knew each other but as this is the centenary of the Great War, it would be a fitting end to this mystery if there’s a happy ending.”
Gary and Carol can be contacted at 6187 Rosewood Drive, Delta, British Columbia, Canada V4E 2X7 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.