Thursday, 22 January 2015

Manitoba's WWI Fallen: Stuart Scott McIntyre of Winnipeg

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, I am working on a series of blog posts and radio shows that will look at 100 Manitobans who died in action. For more about this project and links to other posts, follow this link.

Stuart McIntyre was born in Winnipeg on June 29, 1897 to Daniel and Mary McIntyre. Being the son of a famous educator, his father was the superintendent of public schools in Winnipeg for over 40 years, education was important and he enrolled at the University of Manitoba.

Before graduating, McIntyre enlisted with the 196th (Western Universities) Battalion. Based in Winnipeg, it recruited from universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. (One short-term recruit was John Deifenbaker, who was injured during training and sent home.) McIntyre was later transferred to the 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles.


McIntyre was killed in action along with twenty-six other members of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles on October 26, 1917, the start of the Second Battle of Passchendaele.

It was yet another tragedy that Daniel and Mary McIntyre had to contend with. Two of their children died in infancy. Mary died of appendicitis in 1921.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial entry
Canadian Great War Project entry
Attestation Papers
1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles Ypres Salient.com

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