Girling, Theodore August: Captain


Digitized Service Record


Source: 18th Battalion Battalion February 1919 War Diary Entry.


Attached for service with the 18th Battalion on February 1, 1919. He served with the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade as a veterinary officer and served as attached to the 18th from February 1 to February 14, 1919 when he was admitted to No. 48 Casualty Clearing Station “DANGEROUSLY ILL” with bronchial pneumonia (Spanish Flu).

PDF Article re. Theodore Augustus Girling (1876-1919): Canadian veterinarian and Great War poet. Thomas Dukes, John Prescott

Girling, Theodore August: Captain Canadian Army Veterinary Corps. Source: CVWM.
Contributed to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group by Dawn Heuston.

GIRLING, THEODORE AUGUSTUS, Capt., Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, attd. 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Fource, 6th s. of the late Rev. William Girling, Vicar of Wilshaw, near Huddersfield, by his wife, Mary Lucy Hulbert, dau. of the late Rev. Canon Hulbert, Vicar of Almondbury; b. Linthwaite, near Huddersfiled, co. York, 11 Jan. 1877; educ. Huddersfield Collegiate School; went to Canada in 1897, and settled in Manitoba, where he was engaged in teaching; subsequently became a Veterinary Surgeon, taking his degree at Toronto University (Gold Medallist); volunteered for active service at the outbreak of war and was gazetted Lieut. Canadian Army Veterinary Corps in 1915; promoted Capt. in 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and died at No. 48 Casualty Clearing Station 1 March, 1919, of broncho-pneumonia, contracted while on active service. Buried in Namur Cemetery. He was mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the field. Capt. Girling was the author of several poems, published under th title of “The Salient and Other Poems,” composed while on service in France and Flanders. He m. at St. Lukes, Pembina Crossing, Canada, 1904, Dora S., 4th dau. of R.N. Lea, and had three children: Philip Hulbert, b. 24 Oct. 1905; Rowley, b. in 1909, and Theodora, b. May, 1907 (who died in infancy).

The right panel is the 18th Battalion’s war diary entry showing Captain Girling’s attachment to the Battalion on February 1, 1919. The left panel is the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigades war diary entry relating to his burial.

St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing Anglican Church and Cemetery (RM of Pembina).

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