Milligan, Henry Linton: Major (Distinguished Service Order, MID)

Digitized Service Record

Source: War Diary.

Find-A-Grave: One source indicates he died 1 July 1941.

Distinguished Service Order per London Gazette no. 29886, January 1, 1917. Mentioned in Dispatches per London Gazette no. 29890, January 4, 1917.

Milligan, Henry Linton: Major (Distinguished Service Order, MID).
Source: Operation Picture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group. London Free Press. October 12, 1916.
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Major Henry Linton Milligan
Major Henry Linton Milligan: From his obit. “The London Free Press”, July 2, 1941.

During World War One he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and was one of the commanders of the 18th. Battalion. He died in London on July 1, 1941.

Notice of wife’s death. Exeter Times, 1916-9-21, Page 4.

Mrs. H.L. Milligan, wife of Lieut.-Colonel Milligan, in command of the 18th Battalion at the front, died at Victoria Hospital, London, Ont., following an operation.

Source: Allan Miller via Facebook.

Summary of Service for Lt.-Col Henry Linton Milligan, DSO, MID.

April 8, 1872BornDumfries, Scotland.
October 19, 1914EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion CEF. He is the rank of Major and has 17-years total military experience. 7-years with the 7th Fusiliers (Great Britain?) and 8-years with the 26th Regiment, Canadian Militia. He is married to Mrs. Ellie M. Milligan who is residing at 865 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario. He is an accountant by profession. The attestation papers, as for all officers of the 18th, are completed at West Sandling Camp, Kent, England.   He is 43-years old. He stands 5’8.5” tall and weighs 170 pounds.   It is noted that he worked for the McClary Manufacturing Company before the war.   He is the executive officer (2 IC) of the Battalion.
December 1914Separations AllowanceSeparation Allowance of $50.00 per month to wife and later to 2 surviving children held in trust after his wife dies September 21, 1916.
April 1915Assigns PayAssigns pay of $50.00 per month to his wife. This is later changed to in trust to H.L. Milligan held at The London Western Trust Company.
April 18, 1915Unit Sails18th Battalion sails from Halifax, Nova Scotia for England.
April 29, 1915Unit ArrivesUnit arrives Avonmouth and entrains for West Sandling Camp, arriving this date. Begins training for active duty.
September 15, 1915Arrives in FranceArrives in France with 18th Battalion.
January 17, 1916Granted LeaveGranted 8-days leave.
May 19, 1916Granted LeaveGranted 8-days leave to Scotland.
July 8, 1916AppointedAppointed temporary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and becomes officer commanding the 18th Battalion.
September 21, 1916Wife DiesHis wife had been ill for some time and had an operation for her condition, but she died from shock.
September 28, 1916WoundedWounded slightly and remained on duty from this date until October 3, 1916.
October 9, 1916TransferredTransferred to H.Q. Canadian Training Division, Shorncliffe for the purpose of being granted leave to Canada.
October 10, 1916Granted LeaveGranted leave to England and permission to proceed to Canada without public expense.
October 14, 1916Leave to Canada 
December 14, 1916Was to Return from Leave 
January 1, 1917Awarded DSOPer London Gazette no. 29886, January 1, 1917.
January 4, 1917MIDMID per London Gazette no. 29890, January 4, 1917
February 14, 1917Leave Extended 
March 30, 1917Leave Extended 
May 9, 1917SOSSOS and retained in Canada.
May 7, 1918AppointedAppointed OC of the 1st Battalion Canadian Garrison Regiment.
March 29, 1919AttachedAttached to Clearing Service Command.
July 28, 1919TOSTOS to No. 1 MD, London, Ontario.
August 1, 1919DischargedDischarged at London, Ontario. He is shown to have served, “…with the 18th Battalion., General List., H.Q. Canadian Training Division., 1st Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment, and Clearing Services Command.
May 30, 1928Address Card UpdateLatest address reported as 22 Arthur Street, Brantford, Ontario.
July 1, 1941DeceasedPlace of burial unknown.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
DSODistinguished Service Order
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MIDMentioned in Despatches
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

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